Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal
Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 01:18
Jan. 4 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says progress is being made towards an Israeli-Palestinian ''framework'' peace agreement, but still have some way to go. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made towards an Israeli-Palestinian "framework agreement" to guide talks on a formal peace deal but that there still is some ways to go.
"I will say that we are working with great intensity, with serious purpose, with a commitment to trying to resolve this conflict that has gone on for many years too long," Kerry said on Saturday during a news conference with Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the West Bank.
The progress made so far, Kerry said, "presents us now with the possibility of trying to find a framework agreement which would really lay out the endgame and lay out the framework for the major issues to guide the negotiations from this point forward."
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks brokered by the United States resumed last July after a three-year halt, with Kerry leading mediation efforts to keep them going despite neither party expressing much hope for a successful outcome.
During the news conference, Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said John Kerry had worked very hard to try to achieve a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.
"What Secretary Kerry is doing, and let me reiterate in front of him, is not an interim agreement," Erekat said with some emphasis. "We are working hard to achieve an agreement on all core issues. No one benefits more from the success of Secretary Kerry's effort than Palestinians and no one stands to lose more, for failure, than Palestinians," Erekat said.
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