20 May '11, 2am

Obama calls for return to Israel's 1967 borders in bid for Mideast peace

WASHINGTON - Seeking to harness the seismic political change still unfolding in the Arab world, United States President Barack Obama yesterday publicly called for the borders prevailing before the 1967 Israeli-Arab war to be the starting point for talks to settle the conflict there - the first time an American President has explicitly taken that position. He also said that a new Palestinian state should be demilitarised. "At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent that ever," he said. Although Mr Obama said "the core issues" dividing Israelis and Palestinians - including the searing questions of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees - remained to be negotiated, he spoke with frustration that efforts to support an a...

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