Terror killing Mideast peace hopes: Dick Cheney

March 23rd, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by admin  

Ramallah, March 23 (Xinhua) Visiting US Vice-President Dick Cheney said Sunday that “terror and rockets” against Israel killed not only innocent civilians, but also hopes for a Palestinian state. The establishment of a Palestinian state “needs more efforts and painful concessions by both sides,” Cheney said at a joint press conference held in this West Bank town with Palestinian President Madmoud Abbas.

“President George W. Bush is the first US president who adopts the principle of establishing an independent Palestinian state living in peace and able to live,” Cheney said. “Our administration is committed to achieving this goal.”

Cheney arrived in Ramallah earlier in the day and held talks with Abbas. He will later meet interim Palestinian Prime Minister Sallam Fayyad.

Cheney is visiting the West Bank as part of his regional trip which has taken him to Iraq, Oman, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel. The last leg of his 10-day tour will be Turkey.

Abbas told reporters that he highly valued US efforts and Bush’s commitments to the two-state solution and his insistence to reach an agreement on final status issues.

“Peace and security in the region can’t be achieved though settlements’ expansion, erecting roadblocks and military offensive on Gaza or incursions and arrests in the West Bank,” said Abbas.

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