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Ashton continues to push for peace in Mid-East

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Ashton continues to push for peace in Mid-East


Attempting to galvanise all sides into restarting peace talks, it was the turn of the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to receive a visit from the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton.

Earlier, Ashton had made the optimistic claim in Israel that she believed a deal and a Palestinian state were achievable by September despite the continuing unrest in the wider region.

In fact Ashton stressed times of turmoil were a perfect moment to push on for peace.

But the Obama initiative to back face-to-face talks stalled last year over Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and have still not resumed.

Israel refuses to halt construction projects on land sought for a Palestinian state.

The authorities have approved the building of 120 new apartments in East Jerusalem. The Palestinians say they will not negotiate until there is a complete building freeze.

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