UN Hopes Regional Situation Allows Middle East Quartet to Visit Palestine

© REUTERS / Ronen ZvulunIsraeli border policemen check a Palestinian car at a checkpoint in Jabel Mukaber, in an area of the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city of Jerusalem October 14, 2015
Israeli border policemen check a Palestinian car at a checkpoint in Jabel Mukaber, in an area of the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city of Jerusalem October 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The UN hopes that tensions between Israel and Palestine will calm down, allowing members of the Middle East Quartet to visit the area contested by the two countries, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said that Palestine had called for an immediate visit by representatives from the Middle East Quartet in order to assess the acute situation in the region.

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The Quartet on the Middle East, established in 2002, comprises the envoys of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia, who are involved in mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestine seeks the recognition of its independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, lands occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War.

The State of Palestine is currently recognized by 136 of the 193 United Nations member states, including Russia.

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