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Foreign Secretary: We must make progress on Middle East Peace Process

Foreign Secretary William Hague commends the leadership of President Abbas, urges further progress on direct negotiations.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I spoke with President Abbas late last night and was impressed by his resolve to return to direct negotiation if possible. I welcome the significant progress achieved by the Palestinians in recent years on their Road Map obligations with regard to security and institution building, including reducing violence against Israel substantially.

A freeze on settlement activity is now urgently important to enable talks to continue and achieve the real prize of a peace deal of a secure Israel living alongside a sovereign and viable Palestinian state. We must make progress before the window closes on a two state solution.

I commend President Abbas’ unwavering commitment to peace and the leadership he provides to the Palestinian people.”

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Published 9 October 2010