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Israeli, Palestinian deal 'within reach': EU's Ashton

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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators' stated goal of reaching a comprehensive peace deal inside nine months is realistic, the European Union's top diplomat said Wednesday, painting the bloc as a "reliable friend" to both sides. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre) with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat (left) and Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at the State Department in Washington, on July 30, 2013. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators' stated goal of reaching a comprehensive peace deal inside nine months is realistic, according to the European Union's top diplomat.

"I firmly believe that a final end to this conflict is within reach," Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

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