Mitchell says US won’t drop peace efforts 24Dec10 December 25, 2010

Ma’an News Agency =  24 December 2010

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — US Middle East envoy George Mitchell said Thursday that the United States would not terminate its involvement in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli media reported.

In an interview on The Maine Public Broadcasting Network quoted by the Haaretz daily, Mitchell said a lack of US involvement in the region could lead to an outbreak of violence.

“I think that any president would not simply stand by and let a conflict erupt because it would not be in our interest,’ Mitchell said.

“One of the reasons we are involved there is because it is within the strategic interests and national interests of the United States that the conflict be resolved. I do think that we have to stay involved because our interest is at stake, and a principal point is that an eruption of violence or some other negative act could occur at any time with unforeseeable consequences,” he added.

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