27 January 2006

Statement on Palestinian Elections by Middle East Quartet

NEW YORK, 26 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Middle East Quartet (United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation, United States):

The Quartet consulted today on the Palestinian Legislative Council elections.  It congratulates President Abbas and the Palestinian people on an electoral process that was free, fair and secure.  The Quartet calls on all parties to respect the results of the election and the outcome of the Palestinian constitutional process so that it may unfold in an atmosphere of calm and security.

The Palestinian people have voted for change, but it is the view of the Quartet that their aspirations for peace and statehood, as articulated by President Abbas in his statement following the closing of polls yesterday, remain unchanged.  The Quartet reiterates its view that there is a fundamental contradiction between armed group and militia activities and the building of a democratic State.  A two-State solution to the conflict requires all participants in the democratic process to renounce violence and terror, accept Israel's right to exist, and disarm, as outlined in the Road Map.

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