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Kerry sees Israeli, Palestinian deal possible by end of April

Source: Reuters - Fri, 13 Dec 2013 02:51 PM
Author: Reuters
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday a final Middle East peace deal was still scheduled to be achieved by the end of April, and that Israel would release more Palestinian prisoners on Dec. 29.

Speaking after separate talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry told reporters:

"We're not talking at this point about any shifts (in the scheduled deadline) and the next tranche of prisoners is due to take place on 29th of December and it will take place then."

Israel has freed about half the 104 prisoners it had pledged to release from its jails under the deal secured by Kerry in July to renew negotiations that had been deadlocked for nearly three years.

(Created by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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