Obama Addresses UN

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 1:32pm

President calls on Palestinians and Israelis to work together for peace.

President Obama is in New York today, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly.

During his address, the president explained his opposition to the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood in the U.N. Security Council, instead calling for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to talks and work towards peace together.

"The measure of our actions must always be whether they advance the right of Israeli and Palestinian children to live in peace and security," he said.

His address centered around the showdown at the U.N., where this week Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas is planning to submit an application seeking full statehood membershipn.

President Obama laid out reasons why peace between Israel and Palestinian leaders can only be achieved through renewed negotiations.

"I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace is hard work," he said.

The latest tensions follow a year of change throughout the region, including uprisings in Egypt, Syria and Libya, a decade of fighting the war against terror, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Behind the scenes, the president is expected to press Abbas to give up plans to apply for full statehood membership into the U.N.

The two will meet privately later this afternoon.

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