Mideast quartet talks set for July 11

Reuters , Saturday 2 Jul 2011

The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- are scheduled to meet on July 11, a senior U.N. diplomat said on Friday

The meeting, expected to take place in Washington, will come amid a U.S. push to revive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

A round of secret meetings with U.S. envoys aimed at getting the two parties back around the table has not yet achieved any breakthrough and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently reaffirmed that he planned to win Palestinians U.N. recognition this coming September.

Abbas is pushing to secure United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood.

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