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Dec042010

US to Reveal New Ideas for Mideast Peace Talks

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted Friday that the U.S. will offer some ideas for a way forward next week in the stalled Mideast peace talks. She refused, however, to reveal what those ideas might be.

In an interview with al Hurra television Friday, Clinton said, "We have been talking with both parties very substantively, and I think that the United States can play a role to help each make decisions about very difficult matters that then can be presented to the other side."

When the latest round of talks began approximately two months ago, the U.S. said that if appropriate, it would present its own ideas on how to move forward. The process has been stalled over a disagreement about Israeli settlement building, and perhaps now the time has come for a U.S. push.

"We're going to have some additional consultations with both the Israelis and the Palestinians. But there are a number of ways that we're going to move forward," she said.

Asked if the current round of talks were dead, Clinton replied, "We're not ready to say that," but added that there would be much more to say next week.

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