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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primakov Takes Dig at U.S. on Mideast Peace

UNITED NATIONS -- Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, in a thinly veiled dig at the United States, said Tuesday no single country should monopolize peacemaking in the Middle East.


In a speech to the General Assembly, he also said no government should support terrorism in any form, but neither should individual UN members be perpetually stigmatized as international rogues regardless of changes in their policies or "because of their suspected links to terrorists."


"In the present-day world, no country should hold a monopoly on any conflict resolution effort. This fully applies to the longest-standing conflict in the Middle East where the settlement process has been stalemated," Primakov said.


"As the saying goes, 'It takes two hands to applaud.' Broad-based international efforts are needed to undo the tight Middle East knot," he said, signaling Moscow's wish to play a more prominent role in helping resolve the Arab-Israel conflict, where Washington has long predominated.


Primakov said Russia, as one of the co-sponsors of the Middle East peace process launched at a 1991 conference in Madrid, was "prepared to cooperate actively with everyone to attain this goal."