US, Germany oppose Palestinian state

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opposed Palestinians’ efforts to seek UN recognition for an independent Palestinian state.

Addressing various international issues in a joint press conference in Washington on Tuesday, Obama said a unilateral UN recognition of Palestine would yield no results, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

The German chancellor, for her part, echoed Obama’s support for Israel and praised him for his vision laid out in his Middle East speech last month.

The two leaders also discussed issues such as global economy and NATO involvement in Libya.

The US president said that he and Merkel also agreed that Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi must step down and hand power to the Libyan people.

Germany declined to join its allies in the UN Security Council to vote for a UN mandate imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.

“Going to war or using arms is really the very last resort. It is not something that you do it likely. You first try political situation, diplomatic solution and Merkel is a way of pacifistic instinct in the German population,” political analyst Klaus Larres said.

“Well the Germans have of course still that hang up from the Second World War or from the Nazi period and they are not a militaristic country. I would say that they are probably the most pacifistic country in Europe. Much more pacifist than French, British and Americans,” he added.

( / 08.06.2011)

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