Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to return to
direct peace talks suspended since September 2010, US Secretary of
State John Kerry said on Friday, hailing the agreement as historic.
Kerry said the United States had received commitment form both sides to enter direct talks over final status issues in order to bring an end to their decades-old conflict.
"I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct, final status negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis," Kerry told reporters. "The agreement is still in the process of being formalised so we are absolutely not going to be talking about the elements now."
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will travel to Washington next week to begin the talks.
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