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        General Assembly
8 October 2004

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-ninth session
23rd plenary meeting
Friday, 8 October 2004, 10 a.m.
New York
President:Mr. Ping ......................................................................(Gabon)

The meeting was called to order at 10.05 a.m.

Agenda item 10 (continued )

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/59/1)

Mr. Zhang Yishan (China) (spoke in Chinese ): ...


Prospects for the Middle East peace process remain bleak. Israeli forces recently launched a large-scale military action in the Gaza Strip, and the conflict between Palestine and Israel has intensified. We urge the Israeli forces to withdraw as soon as possible and call on both sides to exercise restraint, resume dialogue at an early date and create conditions for the effective implementation of the road map. The Quartet mechanism should also more forcefully promote such efforts.


Mr. Loizaga (Paraguay) (spoke in Spanish ): ...


Events in the Middle East, and in particular the situation between Israel and Palestine, have not changed in any way that would give one reason to believe that an end is at hand to the spiral of violence, with its increasing toll in lives among both peoples. We therefore urge the parties involved to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible, with a view to resuming negotiations in accordance with the road map and implementing its obligations. Paraguay extends its full support for any efforts to be made by the Quartet.


The meeting rose at 11.25 a.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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