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US urges Palestinians, Israel to resume peace talks

US ambassador to UN says US will support the parties vigorously in such efforts. -Reuters

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza.

UNITED NATIONS - The United States called on the Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday to resume peace talks after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that implicitly recognised a Palestinian state.

"The United States calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks, without preconditions, on all the issues that divide them and we pledge that the United States will be there to support the parties vigorously in such efforts," US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said.

"The United States will continue to urge all parties to avoid any further provocative actions in the region, in New York or elsewhere," she said after voting against the resolution.


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