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May 22, 2014 10:48 am

U.S. Says Israel, Palestinian Authority Need to Resume Peace Talks on Their Own

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: State Department.

Times of Israel U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has no immediate intention of pressuring Israel and the Palestinians into resuming the stalled peace talks, and is still determining whether there is a “way ahead” in the process, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

During her daily press briefing Psaki confirmed that a meeting Tuesday of the Quartet on the Middle East would not produce a critical statement detailing the reasons for the negotiations’ failure. Rather, she said, it was a “regularly scheduled session” and the current focus of international efforts was on “getting the two sides to come up with new ideas and avoid unhelpful steps.”

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