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Palestinians express reservations on Kerry's ideas

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  • Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Peiris, left, with his Palestinian counterpart Riad al-Malki during a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday. Portraits of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, are seen in a banner at top.

      Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Peiris, left, with his Palestinian counterpart Riad al-Malki during a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday. Portraits of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, are seen in a banner at top.
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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.

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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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