Saturday, April 16, 2011

Palestinians still want Quartet-brokered peace with Israel

"The top Palestinian diplomat at the United Nations said the Palestinians still want the Quartet of Mideast mediators to agree on the outlines of a final peace settlement proposed by key European nations. The comments by Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN observer, came as the Palestinians are pursuing the separate strategy of asking the United Nations to recognize their independence at a vote in the annual General Assembly gathering in September. They won an important endorsement Thursday when key donor states meeting in Brussels said that the institutions developed by the Palestinian Authority are now "above the threshold for a functioning state." The donors, who give the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars in aid each year, cited reports prepared by the World Bank, the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund"

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