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Merkel calls Obama Mideast policy address "impressive"

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday described as "impressive" US President Barack Obama's appeal for a Middle East peace accord based on the borders of 1967.
Merkel calls Obama Mideast policy address "impressive"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday described as "impressive" US President Barack Obama's appeal for a Middle East peace accord based on the borders of 1967, DPA reported.

Merkel hoped for a rapid resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Berlin also believes the basis for the talks should be the 1967 borders along with swaps of territory.

"Doing nothing at all ought not to be an option," Seibert said. "The framework is not going to get any better."

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said earlier on Deutschlandfunk public radio that Obama's Thursday speech indicated a will to help shape the peace process more boldly.

"Right now we've got an historic window of opportunity in the Middle East, in North Africa, in the Arab world," he said in the radio interview.

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