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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
4th Meeting (PM)
GA/10259
21 September 2004


SPEAKERS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE STRESS NEED FOR GREATER UNITY,
VIGOROUS MULTILATERAL ACTION TO RESTORE PEACE, SECURITY
One King, 11 Presidents, Five Prime Ministers Participate in Afternoon Session


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Background

The General Assembly this afternoon continued its general debate of the fifty-ninth session.

Statements

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LEVY PATRICK MWANAWASA, President of Zambia, ...

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Expressing profound dismay at the continued unrest in the Middle East and the impasse in the Palestinian/Israeli peace process, he appealed to the parties to the conflict to allow the full implementation of the Quartet’s Road Map.  That Road Map offered a viable solution to the Middle East question, and Zambia endorsed and supported the initiatives for a peaceful settlement of the Middle East crisis.

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MOHAMMED VI, King of Morocco, ...

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Addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict, he said his country was as determined as ever to work with the international community to find a just, comprehensive and lasting solution that guaranteed Israel’s withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories and the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian State, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as its capital, living side by side, in peace and concord with the State of Israel.  ...

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ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA, President of Algeria, ...

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In occupied Palestine, the peace process was more deadlocked than ever before, he continued.  A solution to that crisis was desperately needed in light of the brutal oppression of the Palestinian people.  In the same region of the world, Iraq was facing complex challenges that would require continued support from the United Nations.

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FATOS NANO, Prime Minister of Albania, ...

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Turning to other global crises, he stressed that the United Nations and the Security Council must fully commit themselves to finding suitable and lasting solutions in Iraq, the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Sudan.  Progress had been made in Iraq, due to cooperation between the Iraqi Government and coalition forces, but tensions were still high and violence continued.  Albania condemned violence and hostage-taking in pursuit of political goals that were sometimes cloaked under a religious veil, and joined other international voices in demanding an immediate end to such acts.  His Government was also concerned about developments in the Middle East, where violence against civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories had increased.  The international community should closely monitor implementation of the Road Map to ensure that it was not altered, misinterpreted or blocked by parties to the conflict.

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GÖRAN PERSSON, Prime Minister of Sweden, ...

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On the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, he called for commitment from both parties to a peaceful solution and an end to occupation.  On the Israeli side, excessive violence, extrajudicial killings, settlement activity and destruction of property must end, he added.  “Israel’s right and obligation to protect its people must be exercised within the context of international law.  On the Palestinian side, areas of particular concern remained corruption, and security and political reform.  The indiscriminate and horrendous terrorist attacks must stop, and the Palestinian Authority must do more to achieve that.

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