Kerry says Israeli, Palestinian talks face difficulties

By REUTERS
November 6, 2013 01:15

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Israeli-Palestinian peace talks had run into difficulties but thought it still possible some agreement could be reached.

Israeli and Palestinian officials painted a grim picture of the talks resumed under Kerry's tutelage in July after a long stalemate, saying they were going nowhere.

"I come here without any illusions about the difficulties, but I come here determined to work," Kerry said after arriving in Israel ahead of talks on Wednesday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"We believe this is something that is possible and that it's good for all and can be achieved," Kerry told a remembrance service for late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 2005 by a right-wing Israeli opposed to his peacemaking with Palestinians.


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