Obama tells UN only talks will create Palestinian state

UNITED NATIONS - US President BarackObama told the United Nations on Wednesday that thePalestinians deserved a state of their own, but that this wouldonly be achieved through talks with Israel.

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

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

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