Statement of the Middle East Quartet
Office of the Spokesperson
September 23, 2011
Following is the text of a statement issued after the meeting of UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and EU High Representative for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton
in New York on September 23, 2011.
The Quartet takes note of the application submitted by President Abbas on
23rd September 2011 which is now before the Security Council.
The Quartet reaffirmed its statement of 20th May 2011, including its strong
support for the vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by United
States President Barack Obama.
The Quartet recalled its previous statements, and affirmed its determination
to actively and vigorously seek a comprehensive resolution of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, on the basis of UN Security Council Resolutions 242,
338, 1397, 1515, 1850, the Madrid principles including land for peace, the
Roadmap, and the agreements previously reached between the parties.
The Quartet reiterated its commitment to a just, lasting and comprehensive
peace in the Middle East and to seek a comprehensive resolution of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, and reaffirms the importance of the Arab Peace
The Quartet reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome the
current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations without delay or preconditions. But it accepts that meeting, in
itself, will not reestablish the trust necessary for such a negotiation to
succeed. It therefore proposes the following steps:
1. Within a month there will be a preparatory meeting between the parties to
agree an agenda and method of proceeding in the negotiation.
2. At that meeting there will be a commitment by both sides that the
objective of any negotiation is to reach an agreement within a timeframe
agreed to by the parties but not longer than the end of 2012. The Quartet
expects the parties to come forward with comprehensive proposals within
three months on territory and security, and to have made substantial
progress within six months. To that end, the Quartet will convene an
international conference in Moscow, in consultation with the parties, at the
3. There will be a Donors Conference at which the international community
will give full and sustained support to the Palestinian Authority
state-building actions developed by Prime Minister Fayyad under the
leadership of President Abbas.
4. The Quartet recognizes the achievements of the Palestinian Authority in
preparing institutions for statehood as evidenced in reports to the Ad Hoc
Liaison Committee, and stresses the need to preserve and build on them. In
this regard, the members of the Quartet will consult to identify additional
steps they can actively support towards Palestinian statehood individually
and together, to secure in accordance with existing procedures significantly
greater independence and sovereignty for the Palestinian Authority over its
5. The Quartet calls upon the parties to refrain from provocative actions if
negotiations are to be effective. The Quartet reiterated the obligations of
both parties under the Roadmap.
6. The Quartet committed to remain actively involved and to encourage and
review progress. The Quartet agreed to meet regularly and to task the envoys
and the Quartet Representative to intensify their cooperation, including by
meeting prior to the parties’ preparatory meeting, and to formulate
recommendations for Quartet action.