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Kerry demands action from Israelis, Palestinians on peace process

Published on Apr 3, 2014 5:25 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives participate in a US-Algeria strategic dialogue in Algiers on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ALGIERS (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday demanded action from recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying negotiations were at a “critical moment” and they had to choose whether to make peace.

Negotiating teams in Jerusalem made progress in overnight talks that stretched until 4.00am local time, but “there is still a gap and that gap needs to close fairly soon,” Mr Kerry said in Algiers at the start of a trip to North Africa.

“You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions to compromise,” Mr Kerry said.

“The leaders have to lead, and they have to be able to see a moment when it’s there,” he added, showing signs of frustration after his months-long peace efforts appeared to be in tatters.

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