21 February 2003

Secretary-General Welcomes "Quartet" Statement on Middle East Violence

NEW YORK, 20 February (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General welcomes the statement of the Quartet Envoys on the Israeli-Palestinian situation issued in London earlier today. It is a matter of vital interest to peace and security in the Middle East that the Quartet maintain its efforts with the parties to achieve the two-State solution that is the cornerstone of international consensus on the comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

* *** *