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 BAN KI-MOON CALLING FOR MIDDLE EAST QUARTET MEETING SOON

  • Asked about the planned tripartite meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Spokeswoman said that the Secretary-General had been informed about that initiative by talking to Rice before her trip to the Middle East.
     
  • She added that the Secretary-General still insists on the need for a meeting of the principals of the Middle East Quartet, probably in early February.
     
  • She noted, in response to a question, that the Secretary-General had tried to schedule such a meeting in Paris, but there had been scheduling problems, and arrangements were being sought to bring all the Quartet principals together as soon as possible.

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