- Published on Friday, 13 April 2012 11:40
ENPI Info Centre
The Middle East Quartet, comprising the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, yesterday appealed for continued international support to the Palestinian Authority for its institution building efforts.
The call came in a statement issued after a meeting of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in Washington on Wednesday.
The statement said: "The Quartet… underscored the need for continued international support for the Palestinian Authority’s important institution-building efforts. The Quartet encouraged the Palestinian Authority to continue working toward this end. In this regard, the Quartet called on the international community to ensure the contribution of $1.1 billion in assistance to meet the Palestinian Authority’s 2012 recurrent financing requirements."
The group also welcomed efforts by the two sides to resolve outstanding issues related to tax and customs revenue collection and urged their conclusion as soon as possible. But the Quartet"noted with concern" the increasing fragility of developments on the ground and called on the parties "to work constructively together to take concrete steps to address the Palestinian Authority’s fiscal challenges, preserve and build on the Palestinian Authority’s institutional gains, and expand economic opportunities for the Palestinian people."
The statement noted the significant progress on security achieved by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, calling on the PA to continue to make every effort to improve law and order, fight violent extremism, and end incitement, while stressing the need to continue assisting the PA in building its law enforcement capacity.
But the Quartet "also expressed its concern over ongoing settler violence and incitement in the West Bank and calls on Israel to take effective measures, including bringing the perpetrators of such acts to justice". The Quartet also condemned rocket attacks from Gaza and stressed the need for calm and security for both peoples.
Reminding both parties of their obligations under the roadmap, the Quartet reiterated its call for them "to avoid actions that undermine trust and to focus on positive efforts that can strengthen and improve the climate for a resumption of direct negotiations".