Egypt welcomes Obama support for '67 borders

May 20, 2011 01:16

NEW YORK - Egypt's UN envoy on Thursday welcomed US President Barack Obama's support for a Palestinian state based on Israel's 1967 borders, though he said it lacked specifics on how to restart peace talks.

"What is positive about (Obama's speech) is the emphasis on the 1967 borders," Egypt's long-serving UN Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz told reporters in his first formal press briefing since upheavals in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Although Obama condemned the Palestinians' plan to seek UN General Assembly recognition for statehood, Abdelaziz said his emphasis on the 1967 borders was consistent with the Palestinians' drive to get as many countries as possible to recognize a Palestinian state based on adjusted 1967 borders.

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