Earlier today, Secretary Clinton briefed reporters on the Middle East Peace Process. She was joined by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace Talks Senator George Mitchell.
Secretary Clinton said, "Since the beginning of this Administration, we have worked with the Israelis and Palestinians and our international partners to advance the cause of comprehensive peace in the Middle East, including a two-state solution which ensures security and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians. The President and I are encouraged by the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas and fully share their commitment to the goal of two states -- Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
"...As we move forward, it is important that actions by all sides help to advance our effort, not hinder it. There have been difficulties in the past; there will be difficulties ahead. Without a doubt, we will hit more obstacles. The enemies of peace will keep trying to defeat us and to derail these talks. But I ask the parties to persevere, to keep moving forward even through difficult times, and to continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region.
"As we have said before, these negotiations should take place without preconditions and be characterized by good faith and a commitment to their success, which will bring a better future to all of the people of the region."
You can read the full text of her remarks here.
The Middle East Quartet also issued a statement today, which you can read here.