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Israel-Palestinian talks may need extra year
Published Thursday 19/12/2013 (updated) 20/12/2013 00:48
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) with chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erakat (L) and Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni
at the State Department in Washington on July 30, 2013
(AFP/File Nicholas Kamm)
BEIT JALA (AFP) -- Efforts to reach an Israel-Palestinian peace deal may need to be extended for another year, if parties agree on key issues by the time the current round of talks wraps up in April, the chief Palestinian negotiator said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry launched nine months of direct talks between the sides in July after a three-year stalemate, and has insisted he is aiming for a full deal and not an interim agreement by April 29.

However, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the process was likely to be a lot slower.

"We are not talking about a peace treaty on the 29th of April, we are talking about a framework agreement," Erakat told journalists in Beit Jala near Bethlehem on Wednesday.

He said the deal would "specify the borders, percentage of the (prisoner) swaps, security arrangements, Jerusalem status, refugees and then that's the skeleton. Without achieving that you cannot draft a single word of the treaty.

"Once you reach the framework agreement, between that day to reach a comprehensive treaty, on all core issues ... you need six to 12 months in the best case."

Kerry says concrete progress has been made in the latest round of peace talks, but details will remain under wraps.

The top US diplomat has made nine trips to the Middle East since March.

"I'm personally encouraged that very tough issues are beginning to take shape," he said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" broadcast over the weekend.

"But we've agreed not to be talking about what we're doing because it just creates great expectations. It creates pressure. It creates opposition, in some cases."
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1 ) shirley / australia
19/12/2013 13:47
what afarce these traitors portray the us does not support apl state and erekeyt and his ilk know it he resigned so why dosent he just exit as needed they are getting nowhere and it was never intended that they do just preesure to cede more and agree to bastuans and illegal settlements to stay this is the US Isreal plan that abbass and ereket are keeping alive lets hear who killed arrafat how is that going PA

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
19/12/2013 14:58
Pshaw.

3 ) Mel / USA
19/12/2013 16:46
Why postpone?Does Kerry need to sell more weapons for Nato/Riyadh's proxy-mercenaries in Lebanon,Syria,Iraq,Libya?Must he decorate the US tree while millions of innocent people suffer in Syria,Palestine,Iraq & USG "allies" in Riyadh arm/fund Absolutists to massacre anyone to keep all sponsors happy! Even Kurds don't know who're on their side now.And Palestine is STILL under Zionist occupation/persecution.How is that 'concrete progress' Mr.SCROOGE,when 'concrete' is a dirty word to Zionism?

4 ) myra / canada
19/12/2013 19:13
More time will just give Israeli government a green light and more time to build even more illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.something not quite right with these so called peace talks.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
19/12/2013 22:02
The "Israel-Palestinian talks may also need an extra" Decade or Century too, and in 2113 they will still hit the same impasses: E. Jerusalem, 1967 lines, refugee return, Jewish state, Jordan valley troops, etc. !!

6 ) Robert / US
19/12/2013 22:11
In the mean time israel will continue to break international laws, human rights laws, apartheid at the cost of the native peoples....and my country lets this happen...NOT IN MY NAME !!!! EVER !!!...BDS , SANCTION

7 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/12/2013 01:35
They can take 50 years...for all it matters...until the Arabs decide to live in peace..heck..that can take 1000 yrs

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/12/2013 06:13
'Israel-Palestinian talks may need extra year' I suppose there's still some of Palestine to gobble up -- and what's a meal without good conversation?

9 ) Tibi / Tubas
23/12/2013 03:48
-1- THERE IS NO POSSIBLE framework peace agreement that the US or Arab League could present Palestinian and Israeli leaders, that both would accept as a SOLUTION, and no solution can be forced upon either, so -2- Statehood for Palestine, and Peace for Israel will FOREVER be Stuck in their Present and Unacceptable Situations !!
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