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Planned Mideast Quartet meeting called off over US pressure


Berlin : A planned Mideast quartet meeting has been postponed for what a German official alleged Wednesday were ‘scheduling difficulties.’

Talking to media representatives in Berlin, German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said the Mideast Quartet, comprised of the US, UN, European Union and Russia, would not meet on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin on Thursday and Friday.

He voiced hope the Quartet meeting could be resumed as soon as possible.

The postponement of the Mideast Quartet talks is reportedly linked to American efforts to block a European initiative to map out a Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

The three other members of the Quartet guiding Middle East peace talks—the
United Nations, the European Union and Russia—had pressed for publication of
such an initiative as early as this Friday, according to US news reports.

Washington which usually heads the Quartet initiatives, nixed the idea following pressure by the Zionist regime and its powerful lobby, saying it was not the right time.

Such an outline would include borders and solutions for the Palestinian refugees and for sharing Jerusalem.

The president of the Zionist regime, Shimon Peres made keeping such an initiative from coming forward at this time a key message of his visits to Washington and the UN last week.

The Quartet stressed earlier any further delay in the resumption of negotiations would be ‘detrimental to prospects for regional peace and security.’