Thursday, September 22, 2011

Obama urges U.N. to stay out of Israel-Palestinian conflict

President Obama urged world leaders Wednesday morning to stay out of the conflict over Palestinian statehood as American diplomats pushed to delay a vote on the question during this week's general assembly of the United Nations.

Speaking to the full assembly, Obama argued that the two sides will never live in peace unless they work it out themselves.

"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. – if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now," Obama said. "Ultimately, it is the Israelis and Palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them, on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."

Obama was scheduled to meet privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after his morning address, and then to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas late in the afternoon. more