Abbas says Kerry is Exerting Serious Peace Efforts

RAMALLAH, June 4, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry was exerting serious and difficult efforts to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Kerry “is still exerting extensive and difficult efforts between us and the Israelis,” he said, during a press conference with visiting president of the Maldives Muhamed Waheed Hassan. “He is serious and very much interested in reaching a solution.”

Abbas said that “the ball is now in the Israeli court,” explaining that “the Palestinian position is very clear and is known to the Americans and Israelis and Israel has to accept this to re-launch negotiations so that we can go back to the negotiating table as soon as possible to reach a solution to all outstanding issues and achieve the two-state solution on the 1967 borders.”

Hassan arrived in Ramallah earlier in the day for a three-day visit to Palestine during which he will attend a conference on Jerusalem scheduled to be held on Wednesday in Ramallah.

He said at the press conference that he held “fruitful” talks with Abbas, who briefed him on the latest development in the region and on the peace process.

“Our people have always stood with the Palestinian people,” he said. “Our people are looking for solutions to the difficulties facing the Palestinian people and support the idea of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders so that there will be peace in the Middle East.”

Abbas said he wants to see a Palestinian state “that will live in security, peace and with good neighborly relations with Israel.”

On the appointment of Rami Hamdallah as prime minister, Abbas said the new government will be formed and ready to work in few days.

This is Hassan’s first trip to Palestine. Abbas visited the Maldives in April of last year.

Source: WAFA News