US 'disappointed' with lack of Mideast peace: Clinton



DOHA - US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Washington was "disappointed" with the lack of a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, but stressed solutions cannot be forced.
"I know people are disappointed that we have not yet achieved a breakthrough. The President, (Middle East peace envoy) Senator (George) Mitchell, and I are also disappointed," she told the US-Islamic World forum in Doha.



US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the seventh edition of the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the seventh edition of the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha
"But we need to remember that neither the United States nor any country can force a solution. The parties must resolve their differences through negotiations," she added.
Clinton said "the goal of a comprehensive peace is fully in the interests of the United States... We are committed to our role in ensuring that negotiations begin and succeed."
"This is hard work. But our resolve is strong and we are determined to settle this conflict once and for all," she added.
Clinton flew in to Qatar on Sunday on the first leg of a Gulf tour aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process, as well as ramping up pressure on Iran over its nuclear drive.
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Monday, February 15th 2010
AFP
           


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