Egypt crisis makes Mideast talks `imperative`: Quartet
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 06, 2011, 00:01
Munich (Germany): The Quartet of diplomatic powers on Saturday urged Israelis and Palestinians to urgently resume peace talks in light of popular revolts in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.

"In view of the developments in the Middle East, the Quartet expressed its belief that further delay in the resumption of negotiations is detrimental to prospects for regional peace and security," the group said in a statement.

"The Quartet emphasised the need for the parties and others concerned to undertake urgently the efforts to expedite Israeli-Palestinian and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, which is imperative to avoiding outcomes detrimental to the region."

The statement was issued after a meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Munich.


First Published: Sunday, February 06, 2011, 00:01

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