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Former British PM Tony Blair To Resign From Middle East Peace Envoy Post

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| May 28 , 2015 , 07:27 IST
[caption id="attachment_43793" align="aligncenter" width="745"]In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014 file photo, former British Prime Minister and Mideast envoy Tony Blair gestures as he speaks during joint statements with Israel's President Shimon Peres at the President's residence in Jerusalem. Blair on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, stepped down from his post as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, ending a term that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File) In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014 file photo, former British Prime Minister and Mideast envoy Tony Blair gestures as he speaks during joint statements with Israel's President Shimon Peres at the President's residence in Jerusalem. Blair on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, stepped down from his post as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, ending a term that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)[/caption] Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is step to set down from his post as the representative of the Middle East Quartet in early June, said sources. Blair, who has held the position for eight years, wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to inform him that he would be leaving the post, the source said. Blair, according to the source, remains committed to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a peace process in cooperation with the international community and believes that he can continue aiding these efforts without a formal role. The source did not offer a reason for Blair's decision. The Quartet - the US, the European Union, the UN and Russia - was formed more than a decade ago to promote an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians based on the two-state solution. Envoys from the Quartet members planned to convene on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss how to continue promoting economic development, security and legal structures to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state, the source said.