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Jordan reiterates call to break Middle East peace impasse

By JT - Jan 27,2013 - Last updated at Jan 27,2013

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday urged regional and international parties to engage in efforts to revive the Middle East peace process to arrive at a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

During a meeting with a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), King Abdullah said work is needed to end the stalemate facing the peace process and to revive negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, in accordance with the two-state solution.

He stressed that the two-state solution is the sole means to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East, a Royal Court statement said.

Established in 1906, AJC is an international think tank and advocacy organisation which supports a negotiated two-state settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the AJC website.

King Abdullah stressed the importance of seizing the opportunity that materialised after Palestine won a UN vote to upgrade its status to non-member observer state, to support peace efforts and end the state of conflict in the region.

The Monarch said all international and regional parties, who are concerned with the Palestinian issue, primarily the US, should engage in efforts to jump-start peace negotiations, highlighting the need to seize the second term of President Barack Obama to revive talks.

At the meeting, attended by US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart E. Jones, the King emphasised that peace efforts will not succeed unless Israel stops all unilateral measures, its settlement expansion and attempts to Judaise the Holy City of Jerusalem, said the statement.

The King and the delegates also reviewed the latest regional developments.

AJC members expressed their appreciation of the King’s support for efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region, the statement said.

Also on Sunday, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh met with the delegation that is currently visiting the country. Discussions addressed several regional issues, including the Arab Spring and its repercussions as well as the peace process and the developments in neighbouring Syria.

Judeh stressed the importance of resuming peace talks that lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as it capital, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The minister also highlighted the humanitarian plight of the Syrian refugees and the economic burdens that the Jordanian government has had to shoulder to meet the refugees’ needs.

He reiterated Jordan’s call for a peaceful and speedy solution that would end bloodshed in the neighbouring country and lead to a transitional period that assists the Syrian people in moving ahead towards democracy. 

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