United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrives for Middle East peace talks in Paris. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrived for the Middle East peace talks in Paris on Sunday (January 15). Some 70 countries, including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, are in the French capital for the meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the talks as "futile". Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will be represented. Paris has said the meeting would not impose anything on Israel or the Palestinians and that only direct negotiations could resolve the conflict. A draft communique seen by Reuters reaffirms existing international resolutions, urges both sides to restate their commitment to the two-state solution and disavow officials who reject it. The communique asks the protagonists to "refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations".