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Gulf states say Obama's speech is a basis for ME peace

Obama says US doesn't accept legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.

The Arab states of the Gulf said on Friday that US President Obama's speech this week to the UN General Assembly can be a basis for reaching a Middle East peace agreement.

"We believe the content of (the president's) speech constitutes a basis for reaching a just and global solution to conflict in the Middle East," Abdulrahman al Attiya, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said in a statement.

"It is time to recognise a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as capital" on "territory occupied in 1967," he said.

The GCC's members are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

Obama said in Wednesday's speech: "We continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements" in occupied territory.

The US president also called for a resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians without pre-conditions on security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees and Jerusalem.

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Karam H L-Hashmi 10 years ago

I agree that President Obama's speech is a good basis for the M.E conflict but I noticed that President Obama has asked the Israeli government to cease building new settlements which is denied and fully rejected by the Isreali prime minister?! I want to see the U.S president speech materilaized on the ground then we all can say that it deserves credibility and respect!

Joe 10 years ago

Let the UN & Geneva resolutions and conventions etc be applied to all countries without exception - this includes no building of settlements at all in occupied land etc. If this can not be enforced, disband the UN as it is uneffective and just a mouth piece of the rich and powerful countries and simply is a waste of time and money.