Kerry says progress made in peace talks, serious questions ahead
Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 01:08
Dec. 5 - United States Secretary of State John Kerry says some progress made in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, serious issues remain. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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United States Secretary of State John Kerry said that some progress had been made in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but that serious questions and challenges remain ahead to end this conflict "once and for all".
"Today we discussed at great length issues of security in the region. Security for the state of Israel, security for a future Palestine. And I think made some progress in discussing some of the ideas that were on the table. We are not going to discuss these further, publicly. But I will say that the goal here is for everybody, is a viable Palestinian state with the Palestinians people living side by side in peace with the state of Israel and with the people of Israel," Kerry said.
Kerry added that there are questions of sovereignty for Palestine and security for Israel.
"I think the interests are very similar, but there are questions of sovereignty, questions of respect and dignity, which are obviously significant to the Palestinians. And for the Israelis very serious questions of security and also of longer term issues of how we end this conflict once and for all."
Kerry raised the possibility of returning to the region in about a week.
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