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        General Assembly
29 September 2004

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-ninth session
16th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 29 September 2004, 3 p.m.
New York
President:Mr. Ping ......................................................................(Gabon)

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.

Agenda item 9 (continued )

General debate


The President (spoke in French ): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Vall Ould Bellal, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania.

Mr. Ould Bellal (Mauritania) (spoke in Arabic ): ...


It is clear that the repeated failure of the international community to fulfil its commitments with regard to the establishment of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State living side by side with Israel, remains the main cause of insecurity and instability in the region and of the growth of the extremism and violence from which we all are suffering.

That is why it is high time that the international community — represented by the Security Council, the General Assembly and all relevant regional and international actors, including the Quartet — work together to bring about peace and stability in the Middle East, which, together with the rest of the world, has suffered for so long from the destructive effects of war.

It is high time that we implement the Arab peace initiative, under which the Arab States guarantee comprehensive peace and the promise of normal relations to Israel in exchange for a complete withdrawal from all Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territories up to the borders of 4 June 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a just, consensual resolution of the refugee issue. Clearly, there is no way to achieve that noble goal except to carry out the peace process and to resume the negotiations on all tracks, in keeping with the Madrid terms of reference, the principle of land for peace, the road map and the relevant provisions of international law.


The President ( spoke in French ): I now call on His Excellency Mr. José Ramos-Horta, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Mr. Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste): ...


There is deep-seated resentment and anger among Muslims and many non-Muslims around the world over Israel’s policies that thwart Palestinian right to a dignified existence and homeland.

The two-State solution agreed upon by all sides has to be rapidly resurrected and implemented as a first step towards durable peace in the region. The Palestinian intifada and suicide-bombing, as well as the Israeli policy of annexation and retaliation, have deepened the anger and hatred. There has to be a way out.


The President (spoke in French ): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Charles-Hervé Wénézoui, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Francophonie of the Central African Republic.

Mr. Wénézoui (Central African Republic) (spoke in French): ...


In Israel, the international community must continue to support the action of the Quartet to restore peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. There is no alternative to the road map, which calls for parallel advances in the three areas of security, politics and economics. ...


The meeting rose at 5.50 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 C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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