Russian Foreign Minister concludes his visit to U.S.
“The Quartet called for Palestinian unity in support of a government committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap. The Quartet reaffirmed that these principles endure,” announced Mr Ban.The Russian foreign minister says that the Quartet peace brokers' adopted statement fully reflects the Russian position.“The statement confirms all the main principles which are at the base of our efforts to reach a lasting, comprehensive peace, and I think that it's one of the main success of this meeting and the Russian position has been fully reflected in the document that has just been read,” he said.Mr Lavrov also called for Syria to participate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“Russia favours involving all those who can contribute to progress into this process. And definitely in the case of Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Syria could play a constructive role,” he suggested.But some members of the Quarter were not fully behind that thinking.“I think Syria knows what it needs to do to be a stabilizing force not just in the Palestinian-Israeli issue but the region as a whole. And Syria doesn't need the United States to tell it what it needs to do to be a stabilizing force. And I hope that they will in fact try an play a positive role, rather than a negative one,” claimed the U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice.Foreign Minister Lavrov concluded his visit to Washington with a bilateral meeting with Condoleezza Rice to discuss the Iranian nuclear program, the situation in Iraq, and once again a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All members of the Quartet expressed their concerns about the recent rise of violence in the Middle East and called for respect for law and order. The U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the region later this month to hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leadership. After which the Quartet will meet again to continue their work to establish a comprehensive peace solution in the Middle East.