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The Quartet Principles are the set of requirements laid out by the Quartet on the Middle East for the diplomatic recognition of a Palestinian government. The Quartet is a diplomatic entity that is composed of the United Nations, European Union, Russia, and the United States, and is involved with mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The principles as outlined by the quartet are as follows:
- A Palestinian state must recognize the state of Israel without prejudging what various grievances or claims are appropriate,
- Abide by previous diplomatic agreements, and
- Renounce violence as a means of achieving goals.
UN Security Council endorsement
In resolution 1850, the UN Security Council endorsed the Quartet Principles as "in preparation for statehood". Former US President George W. Bush personally sponsored the resolution, ostensibly as a parting gift to Israel.
- Israel lauded the UN endorsement, stating that "The Security Council's statement that lasting peace can only be based on mutual recognition, ending terror and incitement and committing to the two-state solution, is an endorsement of core Israeli principles for the peace process."
- Palestinian negotiators called the resolution "encouraging", but noted the lack of clarity within the resolution.