Jordan warns of new cycle of violence in Mideast

AMMAN- Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Sunday that impasse in the Middle East peace process could lead to more violence in the region, and warned that everyone would suffer if that happened.
"The current situation is full of tension that could develop into a new cycle of violence, and everybody will pay the price," a palace statement quoted the king as telling members of the Jewish American advocacy group J Street.

Jordan's King Abdullah II
Jordan's King Abdullah II
"More peace efforts are needed as soon as possible."
Jordan has yet to react officially to Sunday's news from Israeli and Palestinian officials that they expect to start indirect peace talks within days.
That followed the Arab League's endorsement on Saturday of a US-brokered plan to end the impasse and after US guarantees on the key issue of Jewish settlements apparently persuaded the Palestinians to lift their objections.
Last month in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, King Abdullah, a key ally of Washington, said that if there is no Middle East peace process by the summer "there's a very good chance for conflict."
In 1994 Jordan became the second Arab state to conclude a peace treaty with Israel, after Egypt in 1979.
Direct Middle East peace talks were halted in December 2008 when Israel launched its devastating offensive on the Gaza Strip aimed at halting rocket fire by Palestinian militants.

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