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Quartet Envoy

Asked about the Prime Minister being involved in any further talks regarding the Quartet envoy position, the PMOS said that the Quartet meeting would go at its own pace, with its own agenda, and it would be totally wrong for him to start talking about possible outcomes from that meeting. People needed to respect the Quartet process, and that was what we would do at all times.

Asked if the Russians were objecting to the appointment, the PMOS said people should wait for an outcome, and then they could comment, rather than on speculation.

Asked what was the understanding about the situation in Jerusalem, as it looked like it was envoys meeting together, the PMOS replied that we in this country might be focused on one particular element of discussion, but this was a much broader discussion, given where we were in the Middle East at the moment. Therefore, people should not be surprised if a) this meeting did go into tomorrow, and b) that it would take some time, as the situation in the Middle East at the moment was serious, and the Quartet therefore needed to consider all its options seriously. It was a good thing that they took time to do so, because the Quartet was the "engine room" of where we might begin to see progress in the Middle East. It was important that they took the time to get it right.

Put that the indications at this stage was not to expect any comment or statement today, the PMOS said that his expectation all week had been that this would probably take two days running. The PMOS stressed that we were not there, and he did not in any way want to prejudge the outcome.

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