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Middle East peace plan will be 'fair, balanced': Kerry

Published on Jan 5, 2014 2:51 PM
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat (R) give a statement to the press after the meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Jan 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that any Middle East peace plan would be "fair and balanced," as he held a fourth day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that any Middle East peace plan would be "fair and balanced," as he held a fourth day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

"I can guarantee all parties that President (Barack) Obama and I are committed to putting forward ideas that are fair and balanced, and to improving the security of all peoples," Kerry told reporters in Jerusalem.

Kerry insisted on Saturday that there had been "progress" in the talks that he kick-started in July, despite bitter recriminations by both sides and mostly irreconcilable demands for any future peace deal.

"We're not there yet, but we are making progress," Kerry said Saturday, adding everyone was "working with great intensity" to try to reach a deal.

 
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