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Wed 17 Dec 2014 11:30 AM

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Kerry says US made no "determinations" on Palestinian resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had sought reassurances from Washington it would block efforts to set a time frame for a Palestinian statehood.

Kerry says US made no "determinations" on Palestinian resolution
"Weve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that," Kerrysaid. (AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday
the United States had made "no determinations" about any possible UN
Security Council resolutions to end the conflict between Israelis and
Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on
Monday that he had sought reassurances from Kerry that Washington would block
separate efforts by Palestinians and Europeans to set a time frame for a
Palestinian statehood.

After meeting Netanyahu in Rome, Kerry held talks
with European counterparts from France, Britain and Germany in Paris, and later
discussed the moves with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and officials
from the Arab League in London.

A senior State Department official said the London
meetings "agreed to continue their consultations going forward."

The Palestinian leadership agreed on Sunday to
present a draft resolution with the help of Jordan to the 15-member Security
Council on Wednesday, calling for Israeli occupation of Palestinian land to end
by November 2016.

The United States, which has a veto at the Security
Council, has already indicated it finds the timeline in the Palestinian
proposal unacceptable.

The Palestinians need nine of the 15 votes in the
Security Council to pass the resolution, which would force the United States to
decide whether or not to veto it.

"We've made no determinations about language,
approaches, specific resolutions, any of that," Kerry told a news
conference in London.

"This isn't the time to detail private
conversations or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasn't even
been tabled no matter what pronouncements are made publicly about it."

He said they were mindful they had to
"carefully calibrate" any steps that were taken and it was
"imperative to lower the temperature" in the region to find a path
for peace wanted by both Israelis and Palestinians.

"The status quo is unsustainable for both
parties," he said. "Right now what we are trying to do is have a
constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward.

The increasing pressure by the Palestinians and
Europeans comes as Israel prepares for elections in March. Kerry said it was
important not to interfere in the election.

"It's very difficult and complicated because
we believe very deeply that nobody should somehow interfere or do something
that might be perceived of as interfering in the course of that election,"
he said. "We want to find the most constructive way of doing something
that therefore will not have unintended consequences, but also can stem the
violence."

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