EU, Quartet Welcome Kerry’s Announcement on Peace Process

BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM, July 20, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union and the Office of the Quartet Representative for Middle East peace in Jerusalem Friday welcomed in two separate statements the declaration by US Secretary of State John Kerry for resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement from Brussels that she “warmly welcome today’s announcement on the Middle East peace process.”

She said that President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “have demonstrated courage in reaching this point,” adding that “their demonstration of leadership gives me great hope that we may finally see progress towards the objectives which they share along with their friends and allies around the world: peace, security and dignity for their peoples.”

Ashton recognized however that “of course there are difficult negotiations ahead and difficult decisions to take,” but stressed that “the European Union will make every effort to ensure that negotiations succeed.”

A spokesman at the Office of the Quartet Representative Toni Blair also welcomed Kerry’s announcement of the resumption of peace negotiations.

“It is a huge achievement by Secretary Kerry and his team. We welcome the announcement of the resumption of talks. We look forward to working with all the parties to ensure the full potential of two viable states is realized,” said the spokesman. source : wafa news