The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators says there is no turning back on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, despite the fact that so far they have failed to deliver a deal. The UN is due to vote on a US-drafted text, which according to the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, will “put the international community on record in believing in the irreversibility of the Annapolis process.”
Rice added: “This is the first time in almost a decade that Palestinians and Israelis are addressing all the core issues in a comprehensive way to try and get a solution. And if that process takes a little longer, so be it.” In a statement issued by the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, both sides came in for criticism; Israel for its blockade of Gaza and settlement activities and the Palestinians for their failure to stop indiscriminate attacks on Israel. If approved, it will be the Security Council’s first resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since November 2003.