Rejection Deal of Century, Russia suggests meeting of Quartet
Russia rejected Trump's so-called 'Deal of Century' and suggested holding a meeting of the Middle East Quartet for Mideast peace.
Iran Press/Europe: Moscow suggests holding shortly a meeting of the Middle East Quartet at the level of its special envoys, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a commentary uploaded to the ministry’s website on Thursday.
According to the diplomat, teamwork of the global community is necessary to achieve a just and final Middle East settlement. "Within this context, we emphasize that establishing direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations under the global aegis has no alternative," Tass reported.
She also went on to say that, with this in view, we believe that the international quartet of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the US, recognized by the UN Security Council as the only mechanism for facilitating the Middle East peace process, must take the role of an efficient mediator, the diplomat stressed.
"We suggest holding a meeting of the Quartet at the level of special envoys in the near future," Zakharova pointed out.
She also noted that the " Deal of the Century " unveiled by the US cannot become the basis for the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, since it ignores the main elements of the generally recognized international legal framework of the Middle East settlement, formalized in resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Arab Peace Initiative.
The unresolved Palestinian problem remains among the key factors of instability in the Middle East, the diplomat stressed.
Trump administration unveiled the so-called 'Deal of the Century' recently, drawing condemnations from Palestine and the Islamic world that believe the plan to be in clear violation of the Palestinian’s rights. The EU also rejected the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support to Trump’s plan and expressed readiness for immediate launch of peace talks with the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas turned down Trump’s deal.