15 Sep '11, 4am

Obama's dilemma on Palestinian state by @StCollinson - @AFP via channelnewsasia.com

Obama's dilemma on Palestinian state by @StCollinson - @AFP via channelnewsasia.com

WASHINGTON: A year after calling at the UN for a Palestinian state, President Barack Obama may be about to order a US veto to thwart an aspiration he has spent substantial political capital to bring about. Palestinians, frustrated that peace talks with Israel and their path to statehood is frozen, are considering an application for recognition as a full member state at the United Nations Security Council next week. Obama, under heavy domestic political pressure, has warned a Palestinian declaration of statehood would be a "distraction" and would not change facts on the ground, end conflict with Israel or lead to a genuine state. The administration appears acutely aware of the consequences of a veto and has mounted a last ditch drive to head off the Palestinian move. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday the initiative was aiming to forge a "sustainable platfor...

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