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A call to seize the moment

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 01:59

Sep 1 - On the eve of a new round of Middle east peace talks, U.S. President Barack Obama called on both Israel and Palestine to seize the moment. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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On the eve of a new round of Middle East peace talks US president Barack Obama had a message to both sides of the conflict. Seized the moment. We've always made it clear that the only path to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Is direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Tomorrow. After nearly two readers. The parties will re launch those direct talks. Today I had a series of very productive meetings can keep partners in this effort. I urged prime minister Netanyahu and President Abbas to recognize this as a moment of opportunity that must be seized. Obama who held separate talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Said both leaders said they could reach an agreement within a year. Both sides of indicated that these negotiations can be completed within one year. Deep distrust between the two sides as one of the biggest obstacles to Obama's quest for the so called two state solution. It has -- so many of his predecessor. Now I know these talks have been greeted in some quarters. With skepticism. We are under no illusions. Passions run -- Each side has legitimate and enduring interests. Years of mistrust will not disappear overnight. Building confidence will require painstaking diplomacy and trust by the partners. After all there's a reason that the two state solution has eluded previous generations. This is extraordinarily . Complex -- Extraordinarily -- But we know that the status quo. Is unsustainable. The official talks are due to begin Thursday. -- back Reuters.

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A call to seize the moment

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 01:59