Saturday, October 15, 2011

Clinton - Palestinian Statehood Is 'Not Going To Happen'

WASHINGTON: The Palestinians’ push for U.N. membership is not going anywhere for now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday, arguing that they should resume peace talks with Israel quickly.

Clinton told Reuters many nations were making the case to the Palestinians that their formal letter delivered on Sept. 23 seeking U.N. membership would not give them a state and that the only viable path was direct negotiations with Israel.

“It’s not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, and even if it were, you are not going to get a state through the U.N. It’s not going to happen,” Clinton said.

“So you have done what you needed to do to signal your seriousness of purpose, now get back into negotiations where you can actually start talking about borders,” she added.

U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed a year ago after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a 10-month limited moratorium on construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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