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        General Assembly
19 November 2012

General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session

40th plenary meeting
Monday, 19 November 2012, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Jeremić ...........................................(Serbia)

The Acting President: In accordance with resolution 477 (V) of 1 November 1950, I now call on the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States.

Mr. Fathalla (League of Arab States) (spoke in Arabic): ...


Despite the clear position of the United Nations on the Palestinian question set out in its resolutions and the positive statements of the Secretary-General, which recall the importance of the principle of resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict, as well as the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to establish their State on the basis of the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem, the peace process has reached a stalemate. A comprehensive settlement that includes all stages of the Middle East peace process must be found. That stalemate is the result of Israel’s insistence on continued actions to further colonize the occupied Palestinian territory and its active aggression of the past week against Gaza, further exacerbating the socioeconomic and environmental situation and the destruction of properties and dwellings.

Although the Security Council convened rapidly the day that the aggression began, to date we have seen no measure adopted on the ground. The Council has been unable to adopt any resolution or presidential statement that reflects its earnest resolve to maintain international peace and security, which is its primary responsibility.

At its emergency meeting on 17 November, the Council of Ministers of the Arab League was therefore compelled to condemn the Security Council for its failure to adopt measures to put an end to Israel’s aggression against Gaza. The Council of Ministers called on the Security Council to fully discharge its responsibilities for the maintenance of international peace and security, as stipulated in the Charter, and to adopt the measures necessary to end Israel’s continued onslaught. The presidential statement adopted at the high-level meeting of the Security Council of 26 September must be implemented.

We hope that the Council will act rapidly in order to meet Arab demands and to ensure cooperation between our two organizations. The Palestinian people hope to see concrete measures being adopted on the ground to enable them to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, as a result of the common responsibility of the United Nations and the League of Arab States.


Mr. Hallak (Syrian Arab Republic) (spoke in Arabic): ...


...It is shameful that the League continues to insist through its appeals to the so-called international community to guarantee peace, security and stability in Syria, at a time when the efforts of the League — if there really is a League of Arab States — should be focused on mobilizing that same international community to protect the Palestinian people from Israeli aggression. Since the emergency meeting of Arab foreign affairs ministers from all the members of the League of Arab States two days ago, the Lebanese Foreign Minister has called for a halt to the normalization of relations with Israel and for the severing of diplomatic relations with that country. Of course, we have seen no
implementation of that call on the part of those Arab States that have relations with Israel. We have also not seen the representative of the League of Arab States here at the United Nations talk about the importance of implementing those two calls.

It seems that the League of Arab States is suffering from colour blindness; it can no longer distinguish between friends, enemies and brothers. From this rostrum, we call on the League and its representatives to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Syria, since they no longer consider Syria to be part of the League of Arab States, and not to incite the so-called international community against Syria’s Government and people at a time when the international community should be focusing on dealing with Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people.


The meeting rose at 1.10 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 U-506. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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