President Obama At The UN

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 8:55am

President Obama will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

President Obama speaks to the United Nations today welcoming a newly-liberated member,
"The new flag of a free Libya now flies among the community of nations," said The President.

Arab uprisings in Libya and other nations have put a spotlight on the Palestinians’ bid to become full members.

Outside the U.N., there were protests against it.

Republican Presidential frontrunner and Governor of Texas, Rick Perry showed up in New York criticizing what he calls America’s "policy of appeasement." "If America does not head off the aggression of forces hostile to Israel we will only embolden them. That would be a tragic mistake," said Perry.

Though the U.S. is prepared to veto, experts say that could send the wrong signal, "The U.S. is forced in a position now of having to navigate a negotiation where neither party is prepared to make any concessions so that puts the US in a terrible bind," said Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg.

President Obama is expected to have one-one-one meetings with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In these meetings, the president will tell both parties that peace talks are the only way to achieve a two-state solution. "Irrespective of whether it takes place in New York in the coming days, the parties are going to have to find a way back to the table," says Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes

In an effort to spur renewed negotiations between the two nations, the U.N. Security Council may decide Friday to postpone action on Abbas request for membership.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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