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Clinton urges Arabs for broader settlement of Mideast conflict

posted on 12/01/2011: 708 views

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Arab states to help restart stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to reach a broader and comprehensive settlement of the conflict based on the Saudi-proposed Arab Peace Initiative.

In remarks made across the TV program "Sweet Talk" (Kalam Nawaem) co-hosted by the MBC channel at the Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Clinton stressed that the United States is committed to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

"We (the U.S) are committed to a state for the Palestinian people and to security for the Israeli people.. and we are pursuing that every single day".

Clinton warned that "it is hard for both the Palestinians and the Israelis to have enough trust and confidence in the other to take the risks for peace." She further stressed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad need the support of the world in order to continue that state-building efforts "because this is really hard work".

"Each side has to make decisions that are very difficult for them," she remarked adding that her husband, former U.S President Bill Clinton, "got very very close back in 2000 to resolving the conflict," she said.

"If we would have been successful at that point, we would have had ten years of a Palestinian state".

"It is hard for both the Palestinians and the Israeli to have enough trust and confidence in the other to take the risks for peace", she said.

Clinton said her effort includes trying to build up outside support for the peace process and the Arab Peace Initiative that H.M King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia put forth. "It was an extraordinary document. And the more the Arab world and the Middle East can say the peace initiative needs to be implemented, it will be stood behind.. the more confidence that gives to the parties that this will be a broad and comprehensive peace".

"We are working all the time, literally every day to try and build that level of confidence for each side to go ahead and make a decision".

Clinton cited two things she believes are significant: The extremely impressive" progress by the Palestinian Authority in building their state, and the World Bank's report last year showing that "if Palestinians stay on the track they are on, they would be ready for statehood within two years. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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