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US Says Unilateral Recognition Of Palestine Not A Lasting Solution

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United States has said that it is not recognizing Palestine as an independent state within its pre-war geographical status because it believes that "unilateral recognition" is not enough to bring about lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is on a Gulf tour, made Washington's stance on the issue clear in an interview with news channel Al Arabiya in Dubai.

Responding to the question "why don't we support the Palestinians, and recognize the Palestinian state within the borders of 1967," Clinton said "we don't believe that there is any lasting solution, other than through negotiation. We think that unless the two parties agree -- which would not come about through unilateral recognition, but only through a negotiated settlement -- that there is not a sustainable peace."

Several South American countries, including Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina, have recently recognized Palestine.

Last month, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) had sought recognition by the European countries.

The series of recognition evoked criticism by Israel, which has been occupying several parts of the Palestinian territory since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had made it clear that he would not be representing his government in any Middle-East peace talks with Israel until the latter stopped settlement construction in the West Bank and recognized the borders of a future Palestinian state within the 1967 status.

PLO envoy to Washington Maen Areikat reportedly attributed the Latin American countries' move to the frustration with the hiccups in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He said recognition by the international community would add pressure on Israel to consider recognizing a Palestine state inside the 1967 borders.

Clinton made it clear that the U.S. government was "committed to a sustainable, durable peace."

She added that "We believe strongly in a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution," and at the same time "supporting and working with the Israelis, so that they can deal with what are their legitimate security concerns."

Clinton regretted that the Israelis and the Palestinians "just can't figure out how to trust each other" for a two-state solution.

She said despite playing mediators role in the Middle-East Peace process, "the United States or any other country can impose a deal. The two parties have to decide to do it."

On Iran, Clinton claimed that "there is a lot of evidence from the analysis that we received from experts" that the sanctions started to slow down the nuclear program in that country.

"Not just American, but from other countries in the region and beyond who report on what the Iranians themselves have said, which is that they've had problems at their nuclear facilities, that they have had economic pressures that they are trying to respond to," she added.

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