Don't let Palestinian row poison Arab spring: Sarkozy

20th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday sounded a warning over the current showdown between Israel and the Palestinians, saying it should not harm the pro-democracy Arab spring.

"Beware that conflicts which have lasted more than 60 years do not poison the building of democracy in Muslim countries," Sarkozy told a meeting on Libya at the United Nations.

He was speaking amid intense diplomatic efforts at the United Nations to ward off a Palestinian bid to seek full UN membership as a Palestinian state.

The move is sharply opposed by Israel and the United States and risks triggering a bitter confrontation, with European nations seeking to find a way to put the Middle East peace talks back on track.

Pro-democracy protests have flared in many countries in the Middle East as people bid to shake off years of tyrannical, oppressive rule.

Sarkozy was speaking at a meeting at the UN to welcome the new, transitional leaders of Libya who ousted long-standing ruler Moamer Kadhafi in months of bitter fighting this year.

© 2011 AFP

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