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Secretary Clinton, right, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh say their two nations share a common struggle against violent extremism.

Secretary Clinton, right, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh say their two nations share a common struggle against violent extremism.

08 January 2010

Increased Efforts for Mideast Peace in 2010, Clinton Says, January 8, 2010

(Secretary says there is “a hunger for a resolution of this matter”)

By Stephen Kaufman
Staff Writer

Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls for “good faith negotiations” to be relaunched between Israel and the Palestinians to end their decades-long conflict based on the 1967 borders and mutually agreed land swaps, and says 2010 will be a “year of renewed commitment and increased effort” to reach that goal.

In remarks following a meeting with Jordan’s minister of foreign affairs, Nasser Judeh, Clinton said the Obama administration is “absolutely committed” to working with all partners for a two-state solution.

That outcome “would rebuke the terrorists and the naysayers,” give the Palestinian people “a legitimate state for their own aspirations,” and give the Israelis “the security they deserve to have,” she said.

“This negotiation is clearly about issues that most directly affect the Israelis and the Palestinians, but it is of great matter not just to the people of the region, not just to the Arab nations, but really to the entire world,” she said. “There is a hunger for a resolution of this matter.”

The elements of a final resolution are already known, she said, and involve recognized borders and security for both parties, and agreements on water rights, Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

She said the United States and Jordan share concern over Jerusalem, which has seen recent Israeli building activities.

“The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians, for Jews, Muslims and Christians around the world. And we believe that it is possible to realize the aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians for Jerusalem, and safeguard its status as a symbol of the three great religions for all people,” Clinton said.

Resolving borders and the question of Jerusalem will also resolve the issue of Israeli settlements. “I think we need to lift our sights. And instead of … looking down at the trees, we need to look at the forest,” she said.

The secretary also said the United States and Jordan share a common struggle against violent extremists, recalling the 2005 bombing of hotels in Amman. “This is a struggle that unites people of faith, people of peace, people of conscience everywhere,” she said.

Foreign Minister Judeh said the United States, Jordan and “other like-minded countries” are “fully on board” in cooperation against terrorism.

As a target of extremist violence, Jordan has had to be “extremely effective in our pursuit of those who want to do harm to our country and to our citizens,” he said. But he described Jordan’s commitment and ongoing operations to respond to and prevent extremist attacks as humanitarian work “because in our pursuit of terrorists, we're saving humanity.”

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