Clinton. 'Talks the only way'
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Clinton urges immediate dialogue on Middle East

US secretary of state says Obama will continue to press Israel, Palestinians to return to negotiating table 'even in the midst of everything going on in the region.' In interview with PBS television she stresses US doesn't support unilateral Palestinian effort in UN

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume dialogue immediately even as unrest roils the region.


The two parties "are trying to analyze what this means for their future position," Clinton told PBS television.


But "I would hope - and President (Barack) Obama has said that he will continue to press both sides, which is what we believe we have to do - that everyone would realize that negotiations are the only way, but more than that, they are an immediate need."


Clinton stressed that "it is in the best interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians, even in the midst of everything going on in the region, to try to turn to the hard work" of negotiating a settlement.


But "we do not support any unilateral effort by the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to try to obtain some authorization or approval vote with respect to statehood, because we think we can only achieve the two-state solution that we strongly advocate through negotiations," Clinton added.



פרסום ראשון: 04.21.11, 08:02
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