The US State Department Bureau of Public Affairs released the following description of the Roadmap for Peace on July 16, 2003:
"The Roadmap for Peace, developed by the United States, in cooperation
with Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations (the Quartet),
was presented to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on April 30. The
plan is a performance-based, goal-driven plan, with clear phases,
timelines, and benchmarks. It involves reciprocal steps by the two
parties in the political, security, economic, and humanitarian fields.
The destination is a final and comprehensive settlement of the
Israel-Palestinian conflict. Ongoing good-faith efforts by both
Israelis and Palestinians are required to implement the Roadmap. The
pace of progress will grow solely out of their performance. The United
States, other members of the Quartet, and regional Arab leaders will
work to support and facilitate the process. They also will meet
regularly to evaluate the parties’ performance in implementing the
Aljazeera.com, an online magazine based in the United Arab Emirates, released the following description of the Roadmap for Peace on Jan. 1, 2003:
"The 'road map' for peace is a plan to
resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by a 'quartet' of
international entities: the United States, the European Union, Russia,
and the United Nations.
The road map comprises three
goal-driven phases with the goal of ending the conflict as early as
2005. Diplomats from the quartet put the plan together, with amendments
following consultations with Israelis and Palestinians..."
Igor Ivanov, former Russian Foreign Minister, representing the Middle East Quartet, in a Sep. 26, 2003 statement in a United Nations press conference, made the following remarks:
"First of all, I
should like to... stress the great importance of the Quartet and the Road
Map with regard to finding ways to resolve this situation in the Middle
East. The Quartet of course represents [The United] States, represents the
European Union, represents the United Nations, but we are entitled to
say that the Quartet basically speaks on behalf on the entire
international community, since we have very active consultations with
the Arab States and with other States of the world.
The Road Map that was prepared and submitted by the Quartet has
received general support from the world community and the parties
[that] adopted it, although Israel did enter some reservations on it.
So there is no doubt, in the view of Russia, that the work of the
Quartet was necessary and useful, and we think that the work must be
continued... we need to think about how to increase the authority of
the Quartet so that the Road Map can be implemented in practice."
George W. Bush, President of the United States, in a Mar. 14, 2003 speech, offered the following introductory remarks about the Roadmap for Peace:
"This road map will set forth a sequence of steps
toward the goals I set out on June 24th, 2002, goals shared by all the
The United States has
developed this plan over the last several months in close cooperation
with Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. Once this road map
is delivered, we will expect and welcome contributions from Israel and the
Palestinians to this document that will advance true peace. We will urge them
to discuss the road map with one another. The time has come to
move beyond entrenched positions and to take concrete actions to achieve peace."