Mideast Quartet urges extension of Israeli settlement freeze



UNITED NATIONS- The world sponsors of the Middle East peace process on Tuesday urged Israel to extend a construction halt in West Bank settlements to support recently renewed peace talks.
"The Quartet noted that the commendable Israeli settlement moratorium instituted last November has had a positive impact and urged its continuation," it said in a statement after its representatives met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.



Mideast Quartet urges extension of Israeli settlement freeze
The Palestinians have repeatedly said that they would not continue the peace talks with Israel if the Jewish state resumes construction in the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinians wish to form their future state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has nevertheless refused so far to extend a 10-month moratorium on construction which is set to expire next week.
The Quartet, comprising of the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, also urged both sides to "promote an environment conducive to progress, including by refraining from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric."
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Tuesday, September 21st 2010
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