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Source: General Assembly
27 September 2006


General Assembly
GA/10509

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-first General Assembly
Plenary
22nd & 23rd Meetings (AM & PM)


GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE ENDS ON SOMBRE NOTE, AS LEADERS APPEAL TO UNITED NATIONS

TO PUT POST-CONFLICT SOCIETIES ON SUSTAINABLE PATH TO PEACE, DEMOCRACY

Pressing Global Issues Dominate Debate:  Funding for Development, Revitalizing
UN General Assembly, Conflict Prevention, Quest for Peace in Middle East, Darfur


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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue the general debate of its sixty-first session.  For more background details, see Press Release GA/10500 of 19 September.

Statements

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JOSÉ LUIS GUTERRES, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, ...

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Turning to security in other parts of the world, he said the international community should support the forces of peace and moderation in Palestine and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, while engaging the elected Palestinian Government.  The goal should be to find ways to guarantee a free and democratic Palestine living side-by-side with the State of Israel.  Timor-Leste hoped the arrival of the United Nations forces in Lebanon would protect the country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity. ...

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MARIA DE FATIMA LIMA DA VEIGA ( Cape Verde) ...

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....  Terrorism was also a threat to peace and stability and Cape Verde had signed up to the principal instruments for countering it.  In the Middle East, there was a need for a global strategy to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which had been a major source, if not the epicentre, of international instability for 60 years. ...

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ANDERS LIDÉN ( Sweden) ... Also, a comprehensive approach must be taken towards the conflicts in the Middle East with increased international involvement and participation of other States in the region.  The Stockholm Conference of last month had resulted in immediate steps to extend support for Lebanon’s early recovery.  The commitment to reconstruct the country and strengthen its sovereignty must be sustained and Sweden was preparing a military contribution to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  In addition, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the core of tensions in the Middle East must be addressed, as must the situation in Iraq.

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PHILIP SEALY ( Trinidad and Tobago), ...

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Commenting on the situation in the Middle East, he urged the major political parties in the Palestinian Territory to find common ground that would satisfy the aspirations of the Palestinian people.  The use of disproportionate force in recent conflicts in Gaza and Lebanon had increased bitterness and hatred and inspired extremism.

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