Israelis and Palestinians will aim to reach a final-status agreement to end their conflict over the next nine months, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Washington on Tuesday.
Kerry made the remarks at a tri-party press conference marking the resumption of direct negotiations. He stood together with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
“The parties have agreed to remain engaged in sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues,” Kerry said.
Negotiators will meet in the next two weeks in Israel or in the Palestinian territories, he said, adding that all core issues and all final-status issues would be part of the negotiations.
“They are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims,” he said.