Kerry: We will Continue Working Toward Reaching a Cease-Fire

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RAMALLAH, July 23, 2014 (WAFA) – US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday said that ‘will continue to push for a cease-fire  and will continue to work with President Abbas and others in the region in order to achieve it and I can tell you that we have in the last 24 hours made some progress in moving towards that goal.

‘We need to find a way forward that works and it is not violence. President Abbas has been committed to non-violence”, said Kerry during a press conference following his meeting with Abbas in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Hereby is the full statement:

Good afternoon everybody,

I have been in constant touch with President Abbas and the Palestinian authority over the course of the past months, but particularly in the last days. We have been talking about how to achieve an end to the current violence and an effort to try not only to have ceasefire, but build a process that can create a sustainable way forward for everybody.

I am very grateful to President Abbas for his leadership and for his deep engagement in the efforts to try to find a ceasefire.

Abbas has traveled tirelessly and has been working with all of the interested groups and parties and encouraging people to do the responsible thing, which is to come to the table and not only have a ceasefire but then negotiate the immediate issues and the underlying issues.

We had a good conversation today about how we can take further steps and we are doing this for one simple reason; the people in the Palestinian Territories and people in Israel are all living under the threat or reality of immediate violence and this needs to end for everybody.

We need to find a way forward that works and it is not violence. President Abbas has been committed to non-violence.

Sometimes it is very satisfying for people to see the immediate impact of violence, but it does not take you to a solution. President Abbas understands the road to the solution and that is what we are working for. So, we will continue to push for a cease-fire and will continue to work with President Abbas and others in the region in order to achieve it and I can tell you that we have in the last 24 hours made some progress in moving towards that goal.

I would leave here now with President Abbas’ thoughts about how we can make some progress. I will go to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu and subsequently return to Cairo, where we will continue in the hopes that before long we can change course and for everybody’s sake end this violence and move to a sustainable program for the future.

Source: WAFA