Kerry urges ‘pause’ in Middle East peace talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
AFP

ADDIS ABABA: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated Thursday it was time for the United States to take a “pause” in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, after months of efforts stalled last month.

“We believe the best thing to do right now is pause, take a hard look at these things, and find out what is possible and what is not possible in the days ahead,” Kerry told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

President U.S. Barack Obama on Friday also said there was a need to take a “pause” in talks, noting the inability of the U.S. administration to bridge the gap between the two sides on key issues.

Kerry has led an exhausting Middle East peace drive, and he stressed that the last “eight months plus were not without significant progress in certain areas.”

But he added it was “also time to be reflective about the ways in which one might be able to find a common ground even out of these difficulties.”

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