Obama confident of two-state solution for Israel

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Posted: May 25, 2011 11:40 AM
Obama confident of two-state solution for Israel

LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believed a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine was achievable but urged the Palestinians to talk to Israel over statehood rather than seeking UN recognition.

"My goal, as I set out in a speech I gave last week, is a Jewish state of Israel that is safe and secure and recognized by its neighbors and a sovereign state of Palestine in which the Palestinian people are able to determine their own fate and their own future," Obama told a news conference in London.

"I am confident that can be achieved."

In a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama added: "For the Palestinians to take the United Nations route rather than the path of sitting down and talking with the Israelis is a mistake."