▲ Up
 
17:02 18-12-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
John Kerry flies to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban
World | politics | 13:58, 23 July 2014 | 453

AKIPRESS.COM - john kerry The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations, AP reports Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks.

U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate, lasting truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza. At the least, Kerry's mission Wednesday sought to define the limits of what each side would accept in a potential cease-fire.

Kerry flew into Tel Aviv on an Air Force jet one day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport. The FAA imposed the 24-hour restriction after a Hamas rocket landed within a mile of the airport on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday's meetings would continue Kerry's efforts to get Hamas and Israel to declare a truce after more than two weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip. More than 630 Palestinians and about 30 Israelis have been killed in the violence.

Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt's president and other high-level officials. Egypt has proposed a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. and Israel but been rejected by Hamas. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said Tuesday's talks were focused "to not only resolve this issue, but also to set in motion once again the peace process that Secretary Kerry has been so actively involved in so as to end this ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis."

It's unlikely that Washington is ready to wade back into the morass of peace negotiations that broke off last April after nearly nine months of shuttle diplomacy by Kerry. But the new round of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants who control Gaza has reached the level of violence that U.S. officials warned last spring would happen without an enduring truce.

Kerry stopped short Tuesday of advocating a new round of peace talks. Still, he left the door open for broad negotiations between Israel and Palestinian officials once a cease-fire is in place.

"Just reaching a cease-fire is clearly not enough," Kerry told reporters after meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. "It is imperative that there be a serious engagement, discussion, negotiation regarding the underlying issues and addressing all the concerns that have brought us to where we are today."

LATEST NEWS
16:54 Excursion to resort Buston returned to Uzbekistan16:48 Parliament sets up commission on loss of exhibits from museums16:37 President, Prime Minister discuss drafting of National Sustainable Development Strategy for 2018-204016:35 Sportsmen from Japan and Kyrgyzstan to train together under auspices of upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo16:33 Scientists from Germany willing to examine mummy from Historical Museum in Bishkek16:17 Parliament's commission suggests to ask opinion of GKNB and Academy of Sciences about exhumation of mummy15:51 Deputy Chairman of Customs Service of Kyrgyzstan named15:45 Beijing unveils 2022 Winter Olympics emblems15:43 MP offers to revise law on state benefits to children15:33 SDPK party congress likely to take place in late January: Farid Niyazov15:22 President Jeenbekov thanks migrants abroad for labor and patience15:18 Probe into legality of privatization of 48 VIP-cottages launched15:07 Uzbekistan seeks to create its own international cotton exchange14:55 New Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan introduced to staff13:49 4-magnitude quake jolts Jalal-Abad region13:41 Testing center for aviation personnel opens in Aviation College of Kyrgyzstan13:19 President Jeenbekov congratulates citizens on 25th anniversary of adoption of anthem of Kyrgyzstan13:17 AFP journalist denied entry to Kyrgyzstan is in Almaty13:03 Mongolia suspends coal customs clearance at border checkpoint to end dangerous traffic jam13:02 OSCE and UNODC train Kyrgyz officials to disrupt terrorist financing and to use sanctions pursuant to relevant UNSC Resolutions
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06