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“It is clear that in the long run the sta­tus quo is not sus­tain­able,” Kerry said at a Tel Aviv news con­fer­ence, not­ing that the “ one way” to peace was through di­rect talks.

Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres said yes­ter­day that time should not be wasted in the search for peace be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, call­ing it “a real pos­si­bil­ity”.

“Two points are ur­gent: we shouldn ’ t lose the op­por­tu­nity be­cause it will he re­placed by great dis­ap­point­ment, ” Peres said.

“We have to come over scep­ti­cism and doubts. Se­cond, I feel it is a real pos­si­bil­ity,” he said, speak­ing in English.

He said the two sides al­ready have a “func­tion­ing” so­lu­tion.

“As far as the Pales­tini­ans are con­cerned we have a func­tion­ing be­gin­ning and an agreed so­lu­tion. The so­lu­tion is the two-state so­lu­tion liv­ing in peace and dig­nity,” Peres said.

“I am aware of the miss­ing links re­sid­ing be­tween the two ends. From my ex­pe­ri­ence I be­lieve it is pos­si­ble to over­come them, it doesn’t re­quire too much time. It is the real in­ter­est of all par­ties con­cerned.”

Peres said time should not be wasted.

“This is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate our will, not to waste time and to re­turn to ne­go­ti­a­tions and com­plete the peace process with the Pales­tini­ans based on two states for two peo­ples an Is­raeli state and a Pales­tinian state liv­ing as good neigh­bours and co-op­er­at­ing eco­nom­i­cally for the good of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said. — A P

Pales­tinian pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas speaks dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum on the Mid­dle East and North Africa on Satur­day on the shores of the Dead Sea, 55km south­east of Am­man. — AFP/VNA Photo

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