Russia hopes for dialogue between Palestine, Israel - Russian envoy to UN

Russia is hoping that the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution elevating Palestine's status in the UN will promote the resumption of dialogue between Palestine and Israel, Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.

A total of 138 from 193 countries voted to give Palestine observer status in the UN on Thursday. Nine countries abstained.

The Palestinians promised they "will not use this event for any attempts to isolate Israel and will seek the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Churkin told reporters after the vote.

"We are hoping that Israel will also take this as a serious signal for the international community, which is tired of the unresolved conflict between Palestine and Israel," Churkin said.

Churkin reiterated that "it is now very important that this event should follow a constructive path."

"We propose to call a ministerial meeting of the [international] Quartet in the nearest future,' the diplomat said, adding that Russia is hoping that "this meeting can be organized."

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