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        General Assembly
30 September 2013

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-eighth session
22nd plenary meeting
Monday, 30 September 2013, 3 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Ashe ...........................................................(Antigua and Barbuda)
In the absence of the President, Mrs. Mesquita Borges (Timor-Leste), Vice-President, took the Chair.

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

Agenda item 8 (continued)

General debate


The Acting President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. François Lounceny Fall, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad of the Republic of Guinea.


I should like to weigh in on a subject of major concern that is the focus of the international community’s attention — the Palestinian question. In spite of the many injunctions of the international community, the Palestinian people continue to suffer. Arbitrary violence, settlements and the seizure of goods continue to be the people’s daily lot. Guinea reiterates its unceasing support for the Palestinian cause, in the belief that peace and stability in the Middle East require the implementation of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the road map of the Quartet, which foresees the creation of an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian State living side by side and in peace with Israel within safe and internationally recognized borders. We express the hope that the negotiations under way will enable the Palestinian people to finally enjoy their inalienable rights.


The President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Winston Lackin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname.


We express the hope that the two-State solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will gain more substance, allowing the peoples of both countries the prospect of peace and prosperity.


The President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Nickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada.


On the question of Israeli-Palestinian relations, Grenada remains convinced that a two-State solution is essential to ending that conflict and urges both parties to conduct the present round of negotiations in good faith. Grenada has good relations with the Government and people of Israel and is a strong advocate for Israel’s right to coexist in peace with its neighbours. Furthermore, Grenada has long been a supporter of the people of Palestine. Grenada is proud to have joined with neighbouring countries in recognizing the State of Palestine and in signing a memorandum of understanding based upon friendship and upon an understanding of a two-State solution.


The meeting rose at 5.20 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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