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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:52 PM

Obama asks Palestinians to back off statehood push [View all]

Source: Politico

President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday, asking him to back off a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations.

"In his discussion with President Abbas, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peace and his strong support for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians with the objective of two states living side by side in peace and security. He also reiterated the United States' opposition to unilateral efforts at the United Nations," the White House said in a statement.

Palestinian leaders have been pushing for recognition as an observer state member at the United Nations since 2011.

Israel and the United States have both warned Palestinian leadership against the attempt -- though leaders have been circulating a draft petition that they plan to introduce at UN session later this month.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/11/obama-asks-palestinians-to-back-off-statehood-push-149255.html?hp=l5

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