Obama tells UN only talks will create Palestinian state

September 21, 2011 17:22

UNITED NATIONS - US President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Wednesday that the Palestinians deserved a state of their own, but that this would only be achieved through talks with Israel.

"I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN," Obama said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

"Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians - not us - who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem," the text of his speech said.

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