Jordan: Without peace talks, violence will rise

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned on Tuesday that violence and extremism will escalate in the region unless Mideast peacemaking is quickly revived under US sponsorship, the official Petra news agency said. In a statement released after Abdullah's talks with visiting US Deputy Secretary of State David Welch, Abdullah said that a failure to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process would increase the cycle of violence and extremism wracking the region and weaken moderate forces, such as Jordan, a key US Arab ally. Jordan's monarch reiterated the priority and centrality of the Palestinian issue, Petra said. Its resolution, he said, would provide the basis for stability in the entire Middle East and enable an independent Palestinian state living in security side by side with Israel, Petra reported. Abdullah warned that if there were no acceleration in solving the crisis, the region will further descend into chaos and violence.