Britain wants Israeli proposal to help revive peace talks



LONDON- Britain said Wednesday it wants Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal for a temporary halt in settlement building to help resume Middle East peace talks.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Britain has "strongly and consistently" supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Jerusalem as a shared capital.



Britain wants Israeli proposal to help revive peace talks
"Britain wants today's announcement by Israel to become a step towards resuming meaningful negotiations to achieve this vision," said Miliband in a statement.
"Britain continues to call for a full settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem," he said, adding that London "will do all it can to support US efforts to relaunch negotiations."
"Negotiations are the only way for the Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a comprehensive, just, and secure peace," he said.
The Palestinians want a complete halt to settlement-building as a condition for resuming talks with Israel, but Netanyahu's right-leaning government has accepted only a partial halt.
Netanyahu's office said the prime minister now is asking his government to approve a 10-month moratorium on new building permits for Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Washington, which for months has tried in vain to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree to relaunch their peace talks, praised the offer.
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Thursday, November 26th 2009
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