Kerry cancels trip to Ramallah

2014-04-01 22:35
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. (Kevin Lamarque, AP, Pool)

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. (Kevin Lamarque, AP, Pool)

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Brussels - Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to travel on Wednesday to Ramallah after both the Israelis and the Palestinians announced moves likely to scuttle the peace talks.

"We are no longer travelling tomorrow," a senior State Department official said, shortly after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas announced the Palestinians would seek membership of 15 UN agencies.

Israel also announced new tenders for housing settlements.

Kerry called on both sides to show restraint, but told a press conference at Nato that he was not sure yet whether he would return to the Middle East region as had been announced only hours earlier.

"My team is on the ground meeting with the parties even now," the top US diplomat said.

"We urge both parties to show restraint," he added.

Asked if he was going back to Israel and the region, he replied: "I'm not sure I'm going.... We have certain things we are trying to figure out in terms of the logistics on the ground and what is possible."

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