Israel and Palestinians have agreed to resume stalled peace talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the news after meeting with both parties in Jordan. The agreement establishes a basis for resuming negotiations which have been deadlocked for two years.
Kerry hailed the tentative accord as a ‘significant and welcome step forward’, but noted that the talks were ‘still in the process of being formalised.’
“If everything goes as expected, Saeb Erekat and Tzipi Livni, Minister Livni, and Yitzhak Molcho will be joining me in Washington to begin initial talks within the next week or so and a further announcement will be made by all of us at that time,” Kerry concluded.
Palestinian officials responded that details still need to be settled. Hamas, in power in the Gaza strip have rejected the agreement.
Talks have stalled in the past over a dispute involving Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, land on which Palestinians want to establish an independent state.
An Israeli official said that if talks went ahead they would take months.
Analysts say that the agreement is fragile and talks may yet be steered off course.