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Shimon Peres: 'Live in peace side by side'

13 August 2013 Last updated at 16:36 BST

Israeli President Shimon Peres has been speaking ahead of the latest round of Middle East peace talks on Wednesday.

Peres, who was meeting the US congressional delegation, said that Israel has "had to make a choice between having a bi-national state or one state for the two nations".

Palestinian negotiators have accused Israel's government of trying to sabotage the talks, by deciding to issue tenders for building homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel has rejected criticism, saying every peace initiative so far has proposed that the settlements affected become Israeli territory.