Palestinians: Bin Laden's Death Is Good for the Cause of Peace

PA spokesman says world must overcome the violent discourse and methods advanced by al Qaida and its followers if it wants to advance worldwide peace.

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The Western-backed Palestinian Authority said on Monday the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces was "good for the cause of peace,"

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A portrait of Al-Qaida cheif Osama bin Laden standing at a shop selling Islamic cassettes in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 2, 2011.Credit: AFP

"Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods -- the violent methods -- that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world," PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib said.

The PA's comments came following an announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama late Sunday, saying that bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States is dead and the U.S. had recovered his body,

"Justice has been made," Obama said in a heartfelt address from the White House, as he remembered the close to 3,000 people victims of the 2001 attacks.

The United States first discovered a lead on bin Laden's whereabouts in August 2010, and Obama recounted his meeting with CIA head Leon Panetta, in which he said the capture of the al-Qaida leader was to be a top priority.

Obama said that he and his national security team had met tirelessly for months, until last week when there was enough intelligence to take action.

The U.S. president authorized the operation on the compound where bin Laden was hiding. No civilians or Americans were harmed in the strike, the president said.

Calling this an historic day for both Pakistan and the United States, Obama said that the two countries had in the operation, and that they must also cooperate going forward.

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