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        General Assembly
28 September 2013

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-eighth session
20th plenary meeting
Saturday, 28 September 2013, 6 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Ashe ...........................................................(Antigua and Barbuda)

In the absence of the President, Mr. Beck (Solomon Islands), Vice-President, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 6.10 p.m.

Agenda item 8 (continued)

General debate

The Acting President: I now call on His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.


The issues that the Arab region faces are all interconnected. Everyone in this Hall realizes that peace emerges as a central and relevant issue to all that is occurring there. Although many decades have passed, the Palestinian people continue to look forward to realizing their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on international legal instruments that recognize their right to establish a State, in line with the 4 June 1967 borders, as confirmed by United Nations resolutions and in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative.

In that regard, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome the relaunching of peace talks under the auspices of the United States. We hope that those talks will lead to positive results in the form of the establishment of a Palestinian State. We also welcome the European Union’s constructive position consisting of non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Israeli settlements and the decision to cease its dealings with them. The United Arab Emirates is ready to contribute to a successful outcome of the new initiative in order to achieve security, peace and economic growth in that important part of the world.


The meeting rose at 6.50 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room U-506. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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