Germany urges fast results from Mideast talks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Saturday for quick results from Israelis and Palestinians after the newly-announced resumption of direct talks between the two over reaching peace in the region.

"Possible solutions on unresolved questions" have already been floated in previous talks and now the task is to "prove the capacity for necessary compromise," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas will resume direct peace talks on September 2 -- the first in 20 months.

The diplomatic Quartet of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations who are backing the talks said the negotiations for a Palestinian state alongside Israel could be completed in a year.

Merkel also welcomed the role played by US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who has shuttled between both sides for months. She encouraged him to "continue tirelessly" on the same path.

© 2010 AFP

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