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Quartet backs Abbas, Fayyad-led government

May 10, 2011 8:29 P.M. (Updated: May 12, 2011 1:32 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Quartet trusts President Mahmoud Abbas because he is committed to the peace process, head of mission Gary Grappo told Ma'an on Tuesday.

Abbas hopes that Israel and the PA "will go back to negotiations in order to establish a Palestinian state," Grappo said.

"The Quartet's stance is statehood with an agreement first instead of unilateral options."

Grappo said the Quartet was in full support of Palestinian unity, but noted bias for caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

"The west will not be concerned or alarmed" by the change if Fayyad stays, he said answering questions from Ma'an.

If a new prime minister is appointed, he added, the Quartet will evaluate its position.

Peace talks between Israel and Abbas ground to a halt weeks after the began in September when Israel refused to renew a partial halt on West Bank settlement construction.

The Palestinians said they would not continue talks as long as Israel was building on land they want for a promised state.
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