Hillary vows to find `way forward` on Mideast peace
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:22
New York: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to find a "way forward" on the stalled Middle East peace process as she began a crunch meeting today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ahead of the talks, President Barack Obama and Clinton led global criticism of Israel's latest plans to build 1,300 houses in occupied east Jerusalem, where the Palestinians want to form the capital of their future state.

This week's announcement prompted Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call on the United Nations Security Council to urgently debate Israeli settlement building, again complicating the US task.

"The prime minister and president Abbas are both very committed to a two-state solution and we are going to find a way forward," Clinton said alongside Netanyahu before their meeting began in New York.

"We're going to be talking about everything and I'll be saving my comments beyond what I've already said for my talks with the prime minister."

Netanyahu said he was "serious" about progressing the peace talks which ground to a halt in September shortly after their launch when a 10-month Israeli moratorium on West Bank settlement construction expired.

"We'll be talking about how to resume and continue this process to get a historic agreement with peace and security between us and the Palestinians," Netanyahu said.

"We also hope to broaden it to many other Arab countries... we are quite serious about doing it and we want to get on with it."

The Palestinians are refusing to talk to the Israelis until the settlement ban is reimposed.


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:22

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