World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. President Barack Obama will not bring a peace plan to Israel and the Palestine next month, but rather intends to listen, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Obama's plan to visit has raised speculation of a new U.S. push to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled since 2010 over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
But Kerry, speaking to German students during his first foreign trip as Washington's top diplomat, played down expectations.
"We're not going to go and sort of plunk a plan down and tell everybody what they have to do," Kerry said. "I want to consult and the president wants to listen."
Kerry said that after Obama's trip, which also includes a stop in Jordan, the United States would see how it might pursue peace. He urged all sides to behave calmly and keep the possibility of peace alive.
Tensions have risen in the West Bank, territory that the Palestinians want to be part of a future state including the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, after the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail on Saturday.
A hunger strike by four other Palestinian prisoners has also fuelled protests.Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2013, 15:03