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    Palestine Calls on MidEast Quartet to Immediately Visit to Assess Situation

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    Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Nofal Abdel Hafiz said that Palestine has called for an immediate visit by representatives from the Middle East Quartet from the United States, United Nations, the European Union, and Russia in order to assess the acute situation in the region.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Palestine has called for an immediate visit by representatives from the Middle East Quartet from the United States, United Nations, the European Union, and Russia in order to assess the acute situation in the region, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said Thursday.

    “We believe the main function of the Quartet is to acquaint themselves with what is happening in the Palestinian Territory and in Israel, hold negotiations, and present their point of view,” the diplomat told RIA Novosti.

    A wave of violence, including several deadly attacks in Israel, was sparked in the past few weeks by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at East Jerusalem’s Temple Mount holy site in September.

    “We believe now is the best time to come [to Palestine] and determine responsibility,” the diplomat added.

    On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia has postponed a trip by its peace mediators from the Middle East Quartet, which was scheduled for October 13-15, following a request from Israel that cited security concerns.

    Zakharova said Russia pledged to maintain efforts to deescalate the Israeli-Palestinian tensions, including within the framework of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators.

    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 1967 Six-Day War.

     

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