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Kerry: US looking for way to advance Mideast peace without interfering in Israeli election

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. Kerry condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar that killed at least one hundred people, most of them children, and discussed a U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. Kerry condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar that killed at least one hundred people, most of them children, and discussed a U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. Kerry condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar that killed at least  one hundred people, most of them children, and discussed a U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. Kerry condemned the terrorist attack in Peshawar that killed at least one hundred people, most of them children, and discussed a U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, third left, talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, second left, and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond in Paris on Monday Dec. 15, 2014. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, third left, talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, second left, and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond in Paris on Monday Dec. 15, 2014. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and partners are searching for ways to advance Mideast peace without interfering with Israel's election process.

Kerry won't outline the U.S. position on proposals for a U.N. Security Council framework for negotiations. He says Washington is having a "constructive" conversation with the Israelis, Palestinians and European countries on how to stem rising violence between Israelis and Palestinians and create an environment for resumed peace talks.

But Kerry says no one should interfere in elections. Israel has a vote slated for March.

Kerry is meeting Tuesday in London with senior Palestinian and Arab officials.

On possible U.N. action, he says peace in the end depends on Israelis and Palestinians. He says they — not the international community — have to make key decisions.