U.N. IN CONTACT WITH SIDES TO EMPHASIZE NEED TO ACT WITH RESTRAINT ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS
· Asked about UN and Quartet contacts with the Israelis and Palestinians, the Spokesperson said that they were in contact with the sides to emphasize the need to manage current developments responsibly and act with restraint.
· Haq expressed the hope that a way can be found to see negotiations through until the scheduled end of the nine-month timeframe set to expire on 29 April. The goal remains to arrive at a substantive basis for negotiations towards a comprehensive peace agreement on all final status issues.
· Asked about delays in steps to release Palestinian prisoners, the Spokesperson said that it is important that the parties apply their best efforts, in the period ahead, to creating a climate of trust and an environment as conducive as possible to the continuation of negotiations.
· Asked about questions of Palestinian statehood, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations would be guided by the relevant General Assembly resolution from 2012.