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Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy| Reuters

May 28, 2015    

JERUSALEM Former British prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians.Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel.A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unw...

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