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.