Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace agreement
Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace agreement

American Secretary of State "John Kerry" will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he travels to the region this week.

State Department deputy spokeswoman "Marie Harf" said that Kerry will discuss with Israeli Prime Minister "Benjamin Netanyahu" and Palestinian President "Mahmoud Abbas" a proposed framework to serve as a guideline for addressing all core issues in the decades-long dispute. The core issues include the borders between Israel and a future Palestine, security arrangements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and conflicting claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.

Harf said Kerry hoped to narrow gaps in the two parties' positions, but it is not clear whether any agreement on a framework would be reached during the trip, adding "it's only a proposed framework at this point. This framework would address all the core issues".

She stressed that "some people say this would be an interim agreement. No, that's not the case. It would address the guidelines around all the core issues that are part of the final status negotiations".

The two sides resumed peace talks in July under heavy pressure from Kerry. As a precondition, the Palestinians were forced to drop a demand for halting the construction of new Israeli settlements. In exchange, Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners it has detained for years.


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