Blair: Time for Mid-East negotiations


Tony Blair: "Now is the time to get back into negotiations without pre-conditions"

Middle East Peace Quartet envoy Tony Blair has urged Israel and the Palestinians to meet within one month to agree an agenda for talks.

In my interview with Mr Blair, he admitted that gaps between the two sides' positions still exist, but that the "basic elements" were "pretty much clear and agreed".

The former British prime minister spoke as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state on Friday.

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    Comment number 3.

    The "Quartet" MUST be dismissed as they've acted as Israel's lawyers in this matter, delaying any progress while Israel cynically put "facts on the ground".

    The proper authority to oversee NEGOTIATIONS over borders, Jerusalem & returnees is the UN (minus ANY vetoes), AFTER they've agreed to grant the Palestinians statehood ....... which they did for Israel in 1947 at a cost to the Palestinians.

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    Comment number 2.

    For me, the very fact that we have this man as the middle east peace envoy says more about the whole "peace process" than anything else.

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    Comment number 1.

    In my opinion, its about time Israel stopped playing its games, there is nothing to negotiate, just confirmation from Israel that it will abide by UN resolution 242 which on May1st 1968 said it would abide by, so whats taking you so long?
    Give the Palestinians their dignity, and do the right thing, and Obama you disapoint so many people



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