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US, EUROPE, ARABS SEEKS COMMON GROUNDS BETWEEN ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS

LONDON, Dec 17 — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington and its European and Arab allies were committed to finding a common ground between Palestinians and Israelis with the objective of achieving peace in the Middle East.

Kerry, at a news conference in the US Embassy building in London following his meeting with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, warned against ongoing spate of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, because it would further fuel violence into uncalculated consequences.

He said stalemate could not be tolerated by the two parties nor the whole region.

Kerry underlined importance of defusing tension to pave the way for resumption of negotiations.

He noted his meetings in Rome and Paris over the past two days, with his counterparts from Russia, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, Egypt, Jordan and Vatican. He also met with Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign police chief Federica Mogherini.

He said his talks with the European and Arab officials concluded that there was a strong desire to end the stalemate.

Kerry also said he felt that Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas were ready to engage in “positive negotiations.” There is no other alternative than peace, said Kerry. The Palestinians and Israelis cannot live in a never-ending cycle of violence, he added.

SOURCE: KUNA

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