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Obama presses Mideast peace in UN address

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Barack Obama is exhorting the world to unite around the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, challenging the United Nations to support an agreement that would create an independent Palestine and a secure Israel in a year's time.

In a speech to the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Obama will say that an independent Palestinian state can only be won by peaceful means and reconciliation with Israel and that Israeli security is dependent on the creation of a sovereign Palestine.

He will also call on world leaders to cast aside decades of division over the conflict, overcome cynicism and prove their support for a settlement to be reached by the two sides that his administration is now pushing against long odds.

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