“Darkness and despair” was the alternative to John Kerry succeeding in his mission to revive moribund Middle East peace talks, the British foreign office minister Alistair Burt said on Wednesday.
On a visit to a West Bank village, Burt acknowledged that expectations of a positive outcome were “very low”. But he urged Palestinians involved in grassroots protests against the 46-year Israeli occupation to give their political leaders a “completely free hand” to re-engage with negotiations, saying it was the only way to achieve an independent Palestinian state.
“Time is very short,” he added, saying the efforts of the US secretary of state still represented the “best chance for a generation, and a generation to come” to end the long-running conflict.
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