Palestinian Leaders Call Obama's Mideast Speecy 'Insufficient'http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/05/24/palestinian-leaders-obamas-mideast-speecy-insufficient/
MOSCOW -- Palestinian leaders said Tuesday on a visit to Moscow that President Barack Obama's recent Mideast speeches have been insufficient and contradictory.
Azzam al-Ahmed, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Fatah faction, described Obama's endorsement of Israel's 1967 borders as a "positive signal, which is regrettably insufficient," adding that subsequent statements by Obama sounded discouraging.
In a speech last Thursday, Obama endorsed the Palestinian position on the borders of their future state, saying it should be based on Israel's borders before the 1967 Mideast war. Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in the fighting, and the Palestinians claim those areas for their state.
At the same time, Obama reiterated his request that the Palestinians drop their plans to appeal for recognition at the U.N. this fall.
Al-Ahmed said that the Palestinians believe the move is necessary to overcome a deadlock in peace talks. "We aren't planning to unilaterally declare independence," he said.