Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks resumed in July, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, dpa reported.
"And we've agreed now in the last week...to intensify these talks, and we've agreed that the American participation should be increased somewhat in order to try to help facilitate them," Kerry said Wednesday in New York.
Peace talks were suspended in September 2010 over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to extend a partial moratorium on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank - a key demand of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The goal of the US-sponsored talks is to reach a final status agreement on all the major issues including, borders, security, refugees and the status of Jerusalem withing nine months.
"We are not seeking an interim agreement," Kerry said.
"The one lesson is that if you leave things ... hanging out there unresolved, people who don't want things to happen can make them not happen," he said.
In addition to the need for more political engagement, Kerry emphasized the need to create a sustainable Palestinian economy for peace to take hold.
"If the economy begins to move, if people begin to invest, if people demonstrate an investment in the future, we begin to send a message of change and a message of possibilities and of hope," he said./Trend/