Kerry launches peace promoting visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - 01:21
Nov. 5 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays wreath in memory of slain Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin as he launches visit to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry started his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Tuesday by laying a wreath at Rabin square in Tel Aviv, commemorating the murder of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who signed the 1993 interim Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians.
Upon his arrival, Kerry said he had "no illusions" about the difficulties facing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
"I come here without any illusions about the difficulties. But I come here determined to work with leaders, with the prime minister, with the president of the Palestinian Authority to try and find a way forward so that Israel can live the dream that President Peres and the Prime Minister Mr. Rabin expressed so eloquently and beautifully in the tragedy of that day here and in many days before that. We will continue to work and I can promise Israelis that America will stand by the side of Israel every step of the way," he said.
But officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for Kerry's visit this week.
Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at unannounced times and at secret locations in line with pledges to keep a lid on leaks.
But both sides have been airing their frustration over a lack of progress in the U.S.-brokered talks aimed at resolving core issues such as the borders of a Palestinian state, security arrangements, the future of Israeli settlements in occupied territory and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
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