Thursday, April 21, 2011

Clinton: US opposes unilateral Palestinian statehood

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for an immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and denounced Palestinian efforts seeking unilateral declarations of statehood in the United Nations.

Speaking in an interview with PBS, Clinton said that despite the unrest currently taking place in the Middle East, Israel and the Palestinians should realize the immediateness of the need to resume negotiations.
"[US President Barack] Obama has said that he will continue to press both sides, which is what we believe we have to do - that everyone would realize that negotiations are the only way....they are an immediate need."

"It is in the best interest of both the Israelis and Palestinians to get back to the hard work of peace negotiations".
Clinton made clear that the United States remains opposed to the unilateral creation of a Palestinian state in the United Nations.
"We do not support any unilateral effort by the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to try to obtain some authorization or approval vote with respect to statehood, We think we can only achieve the two state solution that we strongly advocate through negotiations."