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Obama sees 'enormous obstacles' for Mideast peace

world Updated: Nov 10, 2010 08:15 IST

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The Middle East peace process faces 'enormous obstacles' but the United States will do all it can to achieve a 'just' outcome in talks between Israelis and Palestinians, US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Speaking during a trip to Indonesia a day after criticizing Israelis and Palestinians for not doing enough to reach a breakthrough, Obama said the pursuit of peace in the region was persistant despite setbacks.

"Israelis and Palestinians restarted direct talks, but enormous obstacles remain," he said.

"But let there be no doubt: we will spare no effort in working for the outcome that is just, and that is in the interest of all the parties involved: two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."