Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    27 / 11   City Forecast

Home>>World

Obama says no to Abbas on statehood bid

(Xinhua)

10:58, September 22, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday that Washington opposes the Palestinian attempt to seek statehood at the UN and would use its veto power when necessary.

"We would have to oppose any action at the UN Security Council including, if necessary, vetoing," Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor at the White House, told reporters after the two presidents met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Rhodes added that Obama urged Abbas not to tender a letter of application for full UN membership to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a move expected to take place right after Abbas addresses the General Assembly on Friday.

The Palestinians will not accept a delay on a UN vote on their statehood, said Saeb Erekat, a top aide to Abbas.

"We will not allow any political maneuvering on this issue," he said at a press conference on Wednesday at the UN, arguing that the statehood bid is the only alternative to violence.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who joined Obama in the meeting with Abbas, was scheduled to hold separate talks with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening.

In his meeting with Netanyahu earlier in the day, Obama said that peace cannot be imposed on the parties, but has to be negotiated.

In his address to the General Assembly on Wednesday morning, Obama said that he still believes the Palestinian people deserve "a state of their own," but opposes the Palestinians' unilateral move for statehood.

"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN," he said. "If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."

Acknowledging that he is "frustrated" as many others by the lack of progress, Obama said he is convinced that "there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades."

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:张茜)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Floodwater runs through Dujiatai sluice in Xiantao City, China's Hubei

  2. Sichuan paramilitary soldiers conduct live-fire drill

  3. F1 driver Jenson Button attends conference for Singapore Night Race

  4. China (Ningxia) Int'l Investment and Trade Fair opens

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. China supports new Libyan government in Tripoli
  2. China makes case for fair treatment from EU
  3. Obstacles block path of US-China relations
  4. National security needed for peaceful development
  5. Europe should be grateful for China's timely help
  6. Obama's economic warfare against Republicans
  7. Hope from China's super hybrid rice
  8. U.S. can learn from China's anti-terrorism wisdom
  9. Six-party talks should be resumed unconditionally
  10. Too many officials perch above the people

What's happening in China

SAMC signs deal with Boeing

  1. Police nab murder suspects in central China
  2. Maternal, infant death rates drop sharply in China
  3. China's flood death toll reaches 90
  4. India earthquake kills 7, injures 136 in Tibet
  5. Citywide checks after polio outbreak in Xinjiang

PD Online Data

  1. Challenge to the traditional view of love and marriage
  2. House means happiness? Young Chinese' home-owning dream
  3. Fighting AIDS,China is acting
  4. Worldwide Confusius Institutes
  5. Chinese Qingming Festival