Palestinians express reservations on Kerry's ideas

By Mohammed Daraghmeh

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 6 2014 7:33 a.m. MST

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks with US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk, right, while returning from a trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv Israel, on Sunday Jan. 5, 2014. Kerry continues his regional peace-making efforts Sunday.

Brendan Smialowski, Associated Press

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian official says the Palestinians have reservations about some of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's ideas for the outlines of a peace deal with Israel, particularly on the future of Jerusalem.

Kerry left Monday after meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He is to present a U.S. proposal for a peace framework and is expected back in the region next week.

The official said Monday that wide gaps remain, including about east Jerusalem.

The official says Kerry suggested that a framework refer to Palestinian "aspirations" to have a capital in Jerusalem. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of Kerry's demand for discretion.

The Palestinians want a specific mention of east Jerusalem as their capital, fearing that otherwise they'll end up with a small part of the city.

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