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EU: Middle East Quartet to Meet February 5 in Germany

The European Union says the Middle East Quartet plans to meet in Munich, Germany, on February 5 to try to find a solution to the current stalemate in peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Maja Kocijancic, the spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told VOA Thursday the annual Munich Security Conference "offers a good opportunity" to look for ways to revive the peace talks.

The Middle East Quartet consists of representatives from the EU, the United States, Russia and the United Nations.

Last week, Ashton urged the Middle East Quartet to meet as soon as possible to find a solution for the current impasse.

Direct talks between the two sides stalled after an Israeli settlement construction moratorium expired in late September of last year. Palestinians oppose construction on occupied land they want as part of a future state.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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