Jan. 4 - Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a ''framework agreement'' to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way to go, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. Jillian Kitchener reports.
On his 10th visit to the Mideast in a year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he sees progress on a "framework agreement" to guide talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "I will say that we are working with great intensity, with serious purpose, with a commitment to trying to resolve this conflict that has gone on for many years too long." Kerry is trying to establish what U.S. officials call a "framework" of general guidelines for an accord, with details to be filled in later. Kerry met with the Palestinian president for about 3 hours of talks. Afterwards, Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said Kerry is pressing for a two-state solution: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PALESTINIAN CHIEF NEGOTIATOR SAEB EREKAT, SAYING: "…We are working hard to achieve an agreement on all core issues. No one benefit more from the success of Secretary Kerry's effort than Palestinians and no one stands to lose more of failure than Palestinians." The U.S. hopes the talks will lead to an agreement within nine months.