Two states only way to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry at the UN headquarters in New York.(Seth Wenig, AP)
US Secretary of State John Kerry at the UN headquarters in New York.(Seth Wenig, AP)

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Wednesday the only way to secure a lasting peace between Israel and Palestinians is to negotiate a two-state solution to their conflict.

Explaining the US decision last week not to veto a UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlement building, Kerry said: "The vote in the UN was about preserving the two-state solution.

"That's what we were standing up for: Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state, living side by side in peace and security with its neighbours," he said.

"The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Kerry said, but warned that solution was in "serious jeopardy".

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