Representatives of the Quartet-the European Union, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States-met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan. They then released the following statement which was read by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who followed it with remarks of his own that went farther than the Quartet's formulation. In particular, he emphasized that ““In keeping with the approach laid out in the road map, the principle of parallelism should be maintained. We must address security, humanitarian, and political issues at the same time.”” He also called on the Israelis ““not to use disproportionate force in civilian areas, carry out house demolitions, or engage in extra-judicial killings,”” and declared that without Israel's ““ending movement restrictions, freezing settlement activities, and reestablishing economic activity,”” there would not be sufficient Palestinian support to sustain peace. As for the PA, he asked that it ““spare no effort to end all acts of terror against Israelis anywhere,”” noting that terror is counterproductive to ““our common goal: the full end of the occupation that started in 1967, the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the universal recognition of the State of Israel and the State of Palestine living together as the best of neighbors”” (full text online at www.un.org). The Quartet statement was carried on the State Department's Web site at www.state.gov.

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