U.S. envoy: Palestinian state only viable solution to conflict
American envoy George Mitchell reiterated Wednesday of his country's commitment to a Palestinian state, describing its establishment the only viable solution to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Mitchell, speaking after his meet with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, urged both sides to meet their obligations under a 2003 peace "road map" that commits Israel to halting settlement expansion and Palestinians to reining in armed groups.
U.S. President Barack Obama had made it clear "the only viable resolution to this conflict is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states," Mitchell was quoted as saying by Reuters. According to Mitchell, Obama administration was seeking "prompt resumption and early conclusion" of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
"We are now engaged in serious discussions with Israelis, Palestinians and other regional partners to support this effort," he added.