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US pledges to push forward Mideast peace

12-15-2010 08:29 BJT

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US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell says the Obama administration will not rest until a Palestinian state is established alongside Israel. Mitchell made the pledge after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also says the US will discuss the key issues of the conflict separately with the two sides. Palestinians have urged the United States to make Israel freeze its settlement construction in the West Bank. Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, says direct negotiations can only be resumed when Israel agrees to halt Jewish settlement construction.

He said, "Whoever speaks about reaching a comprehensive peace and a two-state solution should make the Israeli government stop all settlement activities and whatever actions they are carrying out in Jerusalem, whether this is house demolition or the deportation of residents. We hold the Israeli government responsible for changing the discourse of the peace process and when it was given the choice between peace and settlements it chose settlements.”

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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