'Status quo between Israel, Palestinians unsustainable'

John Kerry says the US is conscious of the urgency of the situation.

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Picture: AFP.

BERLIN - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that current relations between Israel and Palestine were "unsustainable" and that the United States was conscious of the urgency of the situation.

"The current situation, the status quo, is unsustainable," he said at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.

He added that it was necessary to find a way to negotiate and said the US would continue with these efforts: "Obviously we understand the urgency of it," he said.