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Obama Tells UN Tide of War Receding, Warns Gains Can Be Reversed

September 21, 2011

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama told the United Nations that the international community has an opportunity to set a new direction as the tide of war recedes.

In an address to the UN’s General Assembly, Obama also warned that “progress can be reversed” and the organization must stand with democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

In the text of his remarks, Obama reiterated U.S. opposition to a move by the Palestinians to gain full membership at the UN and said that the U.S. commitment to Israel is “unshakeable.”

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN,” he said.

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