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.