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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said that a deal that would save peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians could still be worked out, however there exists no "magic formula" for breaking the impasse in negotiations, Reuters reported.
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Clinton, speaking at a banquet hosted by the American Task Force on Palestine, said that both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were still committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Negotiations are not easy, but they are absolutely necessary. It is always easier to defer decisions than it is to make them," Clinton said. "I cannot stand here today and tell you there is a magic formula that I have discovered that will break through the current impasse. But we are working every day to create the conditions for negotiations to continue and succeed," she added.
"I know there are those who think that if they wait, scheme or fight
long enough, they can avoid compromising or negotiating. But I am here
to say that that is not the case. That will only guarantee more
suffering, more sorrow, and more victims," she said.
Clinton's assertion that peace talks were the only way to solve the region's problems appeared to come in response to a New York Times
report which said the Palestinian Authority is looking for alternatives to the stalled negotiations.
According to the Times
Wednesday report, the PA leadership is considering an appeal to the
United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the signatories
of the Geneva Conventions to not only condemn Israel's renewed building
in the West Bank, but ultimately to lead to an international declaration
of a Palestinian state.
“We cannot go on this way,”
said Fatah official Hanan Ashrawi, “The two-state solution is
disappearing. If we cannot stop the settlements through the peace
process, we have to go to the Security Council, the Human Rights Council
and every international legal body.”
Ashrawi stated that Fatah was holding discussions on alternatives to the stalled peace process this week.
According to the New York Times
report, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell will be returning to the region soon in the hope of renewing peace negotiations.