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Kerry Hopes to Help Seal Final Mideast Peace Deal in 9 Months

July 30, 2013

by VOA News

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to meet again within the next two weeks and that he is aiming to help seal a final peace deal within nine months.

Kerry, speaking alongside Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, said this week's discussions were "positive and constructive" and he was convinced the two sides could make peace.

After a morning of talks at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama and at the State Department, Kerry said the two sides had agreed that all the most contentious issues - such as borders, refugees and the fate of Jerusalem - would be on the table for discussion.

Livni said she had traveled to Washington "from a troubled and changing region" and that the Israeli government "owed it to the Israeli people to do everything we can for their security." She said it is "not our intention to argue about the past, but to make decisions about the future."



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