Don't let Palestinian row poison Arab spring: Sarkozy
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