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13th plenary meeting
Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 9 a.m.
The meeting was called to order at 9.10 a.m.
Agenda item 8 (continued)
The President : I call first on His Excellency Mr. Peter David, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Grenada.
Mr. David (Grenada): ...
The maintenance of the 40-year United States embargo against Cuba and the failure to bring into being a homeland and State for the Palestinian people, despite numerous United Nations resolutions on both issues, remain of deep concern, for they violate the spirit and letter of international law, on which this Organization is founded. We join the entire Caribbean community in calling for an end to the United States embargo against Cuba and urge the normalization of relations between the two countries. We call for a sincere engagement to resolve the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli and wider Middle East conflict. Resolution of those entrenched conflicts will generate the momentum needed for resolving similar conflicts in other regions in Africa and elsewhere.
The President : I now call on His Excellency Mr. Samuel Santos López, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua.
Mr. Santos López (Nicaragua) (spoke in Spanish ): ...
We also call on Israel to withdraw from the occupied Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian territories. We stand unconditionally with the Palestinian people in their daily fight for their own sovereign State. That is why we advocate a peaceful, just and lasting solution that guarantees peace in that region. ...
The Acting President : I now call on His Excellency Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.
Mr. Støre (Norway): In recent weeks, we have witnessed a resurrection of the authority of this Assembly and a new commitment to multilateral cooperation and a belief that it can and must be made to work. The new tone of voice we have heard from the United States here in New York is setting forceful persuasion above persuasive force and extending a hand to those who are willing to unclench a fist.
We must all seize this moment. Every country — including the smallest and weakest — can make a difference. Building bridges means that we must all reach out from where we stand today as we struggle together with the crises in finance, food, energy, climate and health. New efforts must be undertaken to break cycles of impasse, including moving decisively towards peace in the Middle East and a peace agreement that can deliver a Palestinian State living in peace side by side with Israel.
The Acting President : I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Roble Olhaye, chairman of the delegation of Djibouti.
Mr. Olhaye (Djibouti): ...
The stage appears set for dramatic developments in the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, which is by far the longest occupation in modern times. As we all know, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission investigating last winter’s three-week war in Gaza has issued its report. While both the Israelis and the Palestinians were strongly criticized, the condemnation of Israel by a United Nations body was unprecedented, stating that the result was
The President : I now call on His Excellency Mr. Kodjo Menan, chairman of the delegation of the Togolese Republic.
Mr. Menan (Togo) (spoke in French ): At the outset, allow me to convey the warm greetings of the Head of State, Government and people of Togo on the occasion of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. I also wish to add that the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Togo, who unfortunately is absent from New York, asked me to read out the following statement :
“Outside the African continent, in the Middle East, a theatre of violence and desolation, an equitable and final settlement of the conflicts between the countries of this region should be found as soon as possible . To that end, the international community should encourage the various actors to find a peaceful solution to their conflicts. In this regard, my delegation reaffirms that the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires the creation of a Palestinian State living side by side with the State of Israel within secure and internationally recognized borders.
The President (spoke in French ): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Oumar Daou, chairman of the delegation of the Republic of Mali.
Mr. Daou (Mali) (spoke in French ): ...
... We reaffirm our active solidarity with the peoples of the Middle East and will continue to support the relevant United Nations resolutions on the Middle East and the Palestinian question.
Statement by the President
The President ( spoke in Arabic ): The general debate of the General Assembly has now concluded. On behalf of the Assembly, I thank all speakers for their statements. I have listened carefully to their views and suggestions. The breadth and depth of their vision, as well as the passion of their convictions, are genuine testimony to the importance of this universal body.
Of utmost concern to the international community is the situation in the Middle East, particularly the long-standing issue of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The situation is unsustainable, particularly the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. I am encouraged by the efforts of the President of the United States to promote a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the conflict in the Middle East. This entails full backing of the international community and a more effective role of the United Nations.
May I take it that it is the wish of the General Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 8?
It was so decided.
The meeting rose at 1.50 p.m.
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