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What they said as US launched new Mideast peace bid

Cynics have heard it all before, optimists hope that this time it might just work. Here are some quotes as the Israelis and Palestinians launched a new bid for peace.

WASHINGTON // Cynics have heard it all before, optimists hope that this time it might just work.

Here are some quotes of the day as the Israelis and Palestinians launched a new bid for peace.

 

US secretary of state John Kerry, who has invested huge amounts of time and energy into kickstarting the talks over the past six months:

"While I understand the scepticism, I don't share it and I don't think we have time for it. I firmly believe the leaders, the negotiators, and citizens invested in this effort can make peace for one simple reason: because they must."

"A viable two-state solution is the only way this conflict can end, and there is not much time to achieve it, and there is no other alternative."

"We cannot pass along to another generation the responsibility of ending a conflict that is in our power to resolve in our time."

 

Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni:

"This is the man, Secretary Kerry, who showed everyone that nothing can stop true believers."

"In these negotiations, it's not our intention to argue about the past, but to create solutions and make decisions for the future."

"I believe that history is not made by cynics. It is made by realists who are not afraid to dream. And let us be these people."

 

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat:

"Palestinians have suffered enough, and no one benefits more from the success of this endeavour more than Palestinians."

"It's time for the Palestinian people to have an independent, sovereign state of their own. It's time for the Palestinians to live in peace, freedom, and dignity within their own independent, sovereign state."

 

Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair:

"The fact that direct final status talks are starting again sends an immense signal of hope across the region and wider world. There is no doubt that the road to peace will be hard. But the consequences of leaving the peace process in disrepair would be so much harder."