German FM Westerwelle calls peace talks understanding 'a historic chance'

July 20, 2013 15:30

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Saturday praised the understanding on the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as "a historic chance which both sides should seize with courage and determination."

Westerwelle stated that the understanding "is a very good result of the intense mediation efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry."

He expressed hope that "negotiations will now actually start swiftly," pledging that Berlin was prepared to "to support the negotiation process, together with its European partners."

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