WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Middle East peace talks should begin again and immediately.
Clinton’s remarks came during the first of a series at the State Department called “Conversations on Diplomacy, Moderated by Charlie Rose” on PBS. Also joining in the conversation was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who unsuccessfully attempted to broker a peace between the Israelis and Palestinians during the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Returning to the bargaining table, Clinton said, “is in the best interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.”
The comments come against the backdrop of attempts by the Palestinians to impose a unilateral declaration of a state. Something Clinton declared the United States opposes.
“We do not support any unilateral effort by the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to try to obtain some authorization or approval vote with respect to statehood,” she said, “because we think we can only achieve the two-state solution that we strongly advocate through negotiation.”
The comment suggests the U.S. would veto at the UN Security Council any resolution unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state.