Kerry calls for reasonable compromises as he names Mideast envoy Indyk

WASHINGTON Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:14pm EDT

1 of 2. Ambassador Martin Indyk (R) speaks to the media next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington July 29, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry named former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk as his main envoy in Israeli-Palestinian talks starting in Washington later on Monday and said he was seeking "reasonable compromises" in the tough negotiations.

"Going forward it is no secret this is a difficult process. If it were easy, it would have happened a long time ago," Kerry told reporters.

"It is no secret, therefore, that many difficult choices lie ahead for the negotiators and for the leaders as we seek reasonable compromises on tough, complicated, emotional and symbolic issues."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (6)
RobertFrost wrote:
This demonstrates the eagerness of the US administration to provide a fair and balanced mediator for the doomed Middle East initiative…

An ardent Zionist of breathtaking devotion to the cause about which he wrote, spoke and spread.

Jul 29, 2013 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
swanto wrote:
If Mr. Kerry had a high degree of confidence in his initiatives why would he risk the spotlight?

Jul 29, 2013 11:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeyLikesIt wrote:
So once again this administration (like so many before it) trots out a new peace initiative that will FINALLY bring Israel and Palestine to the negotiation table and resolve the centuries old conflict.

And I bet they think they can actually accomplish this despite the decades of failures.

Me thinks it’s time to cut our losses, stop all “aid” to these countries and let them figure this out on their own.

Jul 29, 2013 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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