The so-called international quartet of Middle East mediators has pledged its support to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Representatives of Russia, the European Union, the US and the UN held a telephone conference call on Friday. Moscow has called on all Palestinian sides to stop the bloodshed and return to existing agreements.
“I’ve heard about the idea of bringing international forces into Palestinian territories,” said the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. “To do this we would need the consent of all Palestinian representatives, Fatah and Hamas, and all Palestinians. We discussed this in the context of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian Israeli conflict.”
A European Commission spokeswoman also called for more dialogue and talked about urgent aid programmes available: “We call on President Abbas, the legitimate president of all Palestinians, to make his utmost to resolve the situation through dialogue and to work towards national unity and reconciliation. As we said in the past, we will not let the Palestinians down. We aim to continue our humanitarian assistance which is provided either through the TIM (temporary international mechanism) or through the direct delivery of food, water, medicine to both the West Bank and Gaza.”