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France proposes observer status for Palestinian state

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 22,2011
Obama silent on Palestine nationhood bid

People wave a giant Palestinian flag on the square in front of the Opera on September 21, 2011 in Paris, to support Palestinian bid to seek full United Nations membership as a Palestinian state. Photo: AFP   

Blocking the process of Palestinian statehood is fraught with a new uptick in violence in the Middle east, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

He urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct talks without any preliminary conditions and search for a mutually-acceptable compromise. And also proposed that UN gives Palestinians an observer state status, with a roadmap for peace within a year.

Mr. Sarkozy said that Israel had reason to be concerned about its security and assured Tel Aviv that in case of an aggression, the Jewish State could count on France’s help.

 

Obama silent on Palestine nationhood bid

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday, President Barack Obama pledged every effort to persuade Israel and the Palestinians to start a meaningful dialogue. Symptomatically, he made no mention of the Palestinian UN bid for a full nationhood status.

Earlier this week, the US warned it would veto the motion for fear of complications in the Middle East.

Russia says there is no such threat, and it will back the Palestinian bid.

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