WikiLeaks: France sought to exclude world powers from fresh Israeli-Palestinian talks

France sought to spearhead peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, planning a 2011 initiative to exclude the Middle East Quartet, new documents released by WikiLeaks revealed Tuesday.

According to a US National Security Agency cable, dated June 10, 2011, French president Nicolas Sarkozy was hesitant to include the Quartet, composed of  the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia, "because that group might not bow to Paris’s wishes."

"France would have no control over what transpired in one of its meetings, and if the group elected not to support direct talks, the French initiative would be a non-starter," the leaked cable reads.


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