Sarkozy urges Israel not to stay 'immobile' on peace

AFP , Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

'French President Nicolas Sarkozy advocates Israel not to 'remain immobile' regarding the stalled peace process with the Palestinians during his speech in the UN General Assembly

France's President Sarkozy addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York (Photo:Reuters)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Israel not to "remain immobile" in the deadlocked peace process with the Palestinians, in a speech to the UN General Assembly On Wednesday.

"I say this with deep friendship for the Israeli people: Listen to what the young people of the Arab springs are saying: "Long live freedom!" They are not crying: "Death to

Israel," Sarkozy said. "You cannot remain immobile while this wind of freedom and democracy blows across your region."

Sarkozy warned  that a US veto of the Palestinian bid for UN membership as a state would trigger violence.

"Who could doubt that a veto at the Security Council risks engendering a cycle of violence in the Middle East?" Sarkozy told the UN General Assembly after the United States threatened to veto the Palestinian bid.

Sarkozy, moreover, called  Palestine to be admitted to the United Nations as a non-member observer state, advocating for one year to reach a definitive agreement  between Israel and the Palestinians.

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