US President Barack Obama speaks during Veterans' Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery
US President Barack Obama speaks during Veterans' Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader's spokesman said. © Brendan Smialowski - AFP
US President Barack Obama speaks during Veterans' Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery
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Last updated: November 11, 2012

Obama tells Abbas of opposition to UN move

US President Barack Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader's spokesman said.

"There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama," Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. "Obama expressed the opposition of the United States to the decision to go to the UN General Assembly."

Abbas explained "the reasons and motives for the Palestinian decision to go to the UN ... including the continued (Jewish) settlement activity and Israeli aggression against citizens and property," Abu Rudeina said.

Israel and the United States are both opposed to the Palestinian plan, insisting that a Palestinian state can only result from peace negotiations, which have been suspended for the past two years.

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