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UNITED
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        General Assembly
A/59/PV.4
21 September 2004


Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-ninth session
3rd plenary meeting
Tuesday, 21 September 2004, 10 a.m.
New York

President:Mr. Ping ......................................................(Gabon)

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


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Address by Mr. Ivan Gašparovič, President of the Slovak Republic

The President ( spoke in French ): The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the Slovak Republic.

Mr. Ivan Gašparovič, President of the Slovak Republic, was escorted into the General Assembly Hall.

The President (spoke in French ): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Ivan Gašparovič, President of the Slovak Republic, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

President Gašparovič ( spoke in Slovakian; English text provided by the delegation ): ...

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The Middle East peace process must continue in accordance with the road map set out by the Quartet and endorsed by the Security Council, which envisages the establishment of two separate Israeli and Palestinian States in 2005. Both sides should fulfil their obligations stemming from that plan and previous United Nations resolutions. They should also rely upon the international Quartet for help and good counsel when taking those steps.

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Address by Mr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, President of the Republic of Zambia

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the Republic of Zambia.

Mr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, President of the Republic of Zambia, was escorted into the General Assembly Hall.

The Acting President : On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, President of the Republic of Zambia, and to invite him to address the General Assembly.

President Mwanawasa : ...

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Zambia expresses its profound dismay at the continued unrest in the Middle East and the impasse in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. We call on the parties to that longstanding conflict to allow for full implementation of the Quartet’s road map. Zambia reiterates that the road map offers a viable solution to the Middle East question. We endorse and support the initiatives for a peaceful settlement of the Middle East crisis. ...

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Address by His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

The Acting President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the King of Morocco.

His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, was escorted into the General Assembly Hall.

The Acting President (spoke in English ): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

King Mohammed VI (spoke in Arabic): ...

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As far as the Arab-Israeli conflict is concerned, my country is as determined as ever to work with the international community to find a just, comprehensive and lasting solution within the framework of international legality — a solution that guarantees Israel’s withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories and the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian State, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, living side by side, in peace and concord, with the State of Israel.

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Address by His Excellency Mr. Néstor Kirchner, President of the Argentine Republic

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the Argentine Republic.

Mr. Néstor Kirchner, President of the Argentine Republic, was escorted into the General Assembly Hall.

The Acting President : On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Néstor Kirchner, President of the Argentine Republic, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

President Kirchner (spoke in Spanish ): ...

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As a peace-loving State committed to multilateralism, Argentina has always supported the settlement of disputes through negotiation and dialogue, in keeping with equity and justice. In that respect, our country fully supports the achievement of a stable and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to an independent, viable State, while at the same time supporting the right of Israel to live in peace with its neighbours within safe and internationally recognized borders. We hope that the parties will resume negotiations with a view to resolving their differences and will comply with their respective obligations under the road map — a plan which Argentina, along with the rest of the international community, considers the best way to achieve a lasting and just peace in the region.

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Address by Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and former President of the General Assembly.

Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, was escorted into the General Assembly Hall.

The Acting President : ...

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In the occupied Palestinian territories the peace process is deadlocked, more than ever before. It is now more difficult to find a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict because of the brutal repression of Palestinian civilians; endless attacks against the Palestinian Authority, its institutions and its leaders; the continuation of a settlement policy; the building of the separation wall, in violation of international law as affirmed by the International Court of Justice; Israel’s rejection of obligations entered into in Oslo and its manoeuvering to take everything of substance away from the road map.

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Address by Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain.

Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain, was escorted to the rostrum.

The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

Mr. Zapatero (Spain) (spoke in Spanish ): ...

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Spain stands by Israel against the terrible scourge of terrorism, against which it is entitled to defend itself by legitimate means. Spain firmly defends the establishment of a viable, democratic Palestinian State that can live in peace and security with the State of Israel. Israel will be able to count on the international community to the extent that it respects international law, but the placement of the dividing wall fails to do that.

Spain will spare no political, diplomatic or cooperation effort to try and bring about the peace that is so needed in the Middle East. But from this rostrum, we would also like to extend an urgent appeal to the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations to implement the road map. Those are four powerful players indeed, and we want to see them exerting decisive diplomatic pressure.

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Address by Mr. Fatos Nano, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania.

Mr. Fatos Nano, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, was escorted to the rostrum.


The Acting President : I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Fatos Nano, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

Mr. Nanos (Albania): ...

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My Government also follows with great concern the developments in the Middle East. Like the whole international community, we hope to see an end put to the deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, where violence towards the civilian population is increasingly claiming innocent lives, especially those of women and children. On the other hand, we condemn any terrorist act against the civilian population, irrespective of whose name it is committed in.

The Albanian Government strongly believes that peace can and should be achieved only through dialogue and negotiation. We are convinced that the Security Council, the Quartet and the international community have the authority and the capacity to establish a stable peace in Palestine and throughout the Middle East based on the Security Council’s resolutions and the road map. The international community should continue to monitor closely the implementation of the road map in order to avoid any deviation from or change, misinterpretation or blocking of it by the parties to the conflict.

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Address by Mr. Göran Persson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden

The Acting President : The Assembly will now hear an address by His Excellency Mr. Göran Persson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden.

Mr. Göran Persson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, was escorted to the rostrum.


The Acting President : I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Göran Persson, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

Mr. Persson (Sweden): ...

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The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues to take innocent lives, causing unending human tragedy. Commitment from the parties to a peaceful solution and an end to occupation is crucial. On the Israeli side, excessive violence, extrajudicial killings, settlement activity and destruction of property must end. 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 remain corruption, and security and political reform. The indiscriminate and horrendous terrorist attacks must stop, and the Palestinian Authority must do more to achieve that.

To realize the vision of two States — a viable and democratic Palestine living in peace and security side by side with an Israel within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) — the parties need to meet their obligations. The road map of the Quartet is the tool to achieve this, but both sides must demonstrate a will to use it.

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The Acting President : I now call on His Excellency The Honourable Phil Goff, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand.

Mr. Goff (New Zealand): ...

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New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism and will continue to contribute strongly to the campaign against terrorism. In particular, we condemn the inhumanity of terrorists in Beslan who sacrificed children as pawns in pursuit of their political objectives. However, attempts to suppress terrorism by force will not by themselves be enough unless we also address the causes which drive people to support, finance or be recruited into terrorism.

In that regard, no action will be more important to the undermining of terrorism today than finding a just and sustainable solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. The international community must work with those countries to overcome the failure of leadership, the lack of resolve and the cycle of violence and retaliation which stand in the way of solving that conflict.

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The meeting rose at 8.10 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 C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.



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