Quartet seeks to revive peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Middle East peace mediators on Wednesday criticized Israeli settlement building and called on donors to meet aid pledges to the Palestinians as they sought to revive moribund peace talks.
The so-called Quartet – the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States – said they stood behind their Sept. 23, 2011 call for the parties to reach a peace deal by the end of 2012, an objective that seems increasingly remote.
While welcoming plans for the prime ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet later this month, the group also cited “the increasing fragility of developments on the ground” and chided Israel for “continued settlement activity.”
The Israeli and Palestinian Authority prime ministers plan to meet later this month but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.
Source Maan News