facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Security preps for peace deal under way

Aug. 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Special U.S. envoy Gen. John Allen has started working on security plans ahead of a future peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, an official said.

"The security arrangements are critical for any agreement, and therefore General Allen is working on them," a U.S. official told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday.

Allen serves as U.S. special envoy on security issues and was asked by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to develop a security plan for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the paper said.

Martin Indyk, the special U.S. envoy appointed to oversee peace talks, is expected to arrive in the region prior to the resumption of talks in little more than a week. The initial talks are expected to focus on the order in which core issues will be discussed, the paper said.

A U.S. State Department official said the U.S. position remains the same as outlined by President Barack Obama in May 2011: a Palestinian state based on 1967 lines, mutual land swaps, Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people, and a Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people.

"We remain absolutely committed to that position. But it would not be safe to say that the parties have necessarily accepted that as the basis for their negotiations going forward," the official said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs
2
New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback