Peace deal impossible now: Israel Foreign Minister

Last Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 12:16

Jerusalem: Israel`s Foreign Minister says there`s no chance of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many years.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says efforts to reach a final peace deal have failed since the first accord between Israel and the Palestinians in 1993.

Lieberman says it`s unrealistic to think a long-term agreement on ending the conflict can be reached at this time and that whoever thinks an agreement can be reached soon just doesn`t understand the situation.

He says the two sides should instead strive for interim agreements that would create stability and leave the tough issues between them "to a much later stage”.

Lieberman spoke ahead of a meeting with Washington`s special Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, later Wednesday.

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First Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 12:16

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