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        General Assembly
8 October 1986


Forty-first session



Held at Headquarters, New York,
on Wednesday, 8 October 1986, at 10 a.m.


- Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations [116] (continued)

- General debate [9] (continued)

Statements were made by:

Sir Satcam Boolell (Mauritius)
Mr. Lopez Contreras (Honduras)
Mr. Al-Maghour (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
Mr. Keita (Mali)

The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.

AGENDA ITEM 9 (continued)


Sir Satcam BOOLEL (Mauritius): ... The Middle East, a region that has not known peace for the past 40 years, remains one of the world's worst trouble-spots, having the potential for a much wider conflagration, with dire consequences world-wide. At the heart of the Middle East turmoil is, as the overwhelming majority of countries has recognized, the diaspora of the Palestinian people and the denial of justice to its cause.

The question of Palestine remains one of the most enduring and tragic anomalies of our times. It has remained on the agenda of the General Assembly since the founding of the United Nations, and a just and equitable solution still eludes it. Such a solution can be found only within the framework of a comprehensive settlement of the Middle East situation, based on Israel's total and unconditional withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967 and the restoration of all the rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to return to its homeland, the right to self-determination and the right to establish its own independent and sovereign State on its national territory. A major step towards such a solution would be the speedy convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East, with the participation of all the parties concerned, including the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.


Mr. AL-MAGHOUR (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) (interpretation from Arabic): ... At the appropriate time and place the delegation of the Jamahiriya will discuss the items on the agenda. My delegation will concentrate, in particular, on the questions of Palestine, South Africa and the international economic situation.

The Assembly will see for itself that the confrontation between the United States and the Jamahiriya has no basis and that the allegations of the United States Administration has proved to be false. Rather, the confrontation is based on the fact that we resist the racism of the Zionists in occupied Palestine, the usurpation of the rights of its peoples, the racism of the Government of Pretoria and its oppression of the indigenous population and the unjust economic situation which led to the impoverishment and starvation of the peoples of the third world in the interest of the industrialized developed world.

The Assembly is already aware of that the United States Administration supports the Zionists in occupied Palestine and provides them with the means not only of continuing their usurpation of the rights of the peoples of Palestine, but of seeking persistently to dominate the entire region and subject some of hte rules to their domination, making them their quislings and lackeys.


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