US: Lieberman remarks don't affect our stance on peace

State Dept. says Washington determined to "bring both parties back into direct negotiations" despite FM dismissing chance of deal with PA.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 28, 2010 11:14
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (do not publish again). (photo credit: Flash 90)

Comments made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have not affected the US commitment to the Middle East peace process, State Department spokesman Mark Toner was quoted as saying late Monday.

"I've seen the remarks," AFP quoted Toner as saying. "It doesn’t change our posture or our policy one bit."

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On Sunday, Lieberman had dismissed any chance of achieving a peace accord with the current Palestinian leadership and mocked recent anti-Israel statements by the prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey.

“We have to understand that there is a government there that it is not legitimate,” Lieberman had said at an annual gathering in Jerusalem of Israel’s ambassadors and consul-generals.

The State Department official went on to say that the US would "continue to work to bring both parties back into direct negotiations and to achieve a comprehensive settlement."

Herb Keinon contributed to this report


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