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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
1 October 2012

General Assembly
GA/11298

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

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Plenary
19th, 20th & 21st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT, CLOSING ANNUAL DEBATE, COMMENDS EFFORTS TO STABILIZE

WORLD'S INCREASING 'GEOSTRATEGIC VOLATILITY AND UNPREDICTABILITY'

Integrating Civilian Protection, Prevention of Genocide Concepts
Into Contemporary Security Policy Spotlighted; Syrian Minister Speaks

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Statements

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BRUNO RODRIGUEZ PARILLA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba, ...

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... Also, the Assembly should act with resolve and recognize the Palestinian State, based on 1967 borders, as a full United Nations member. It should do so now, with or without the Council’s consent or peace negotiations. ...

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S.M. KRISHNA, Minister for External Affairs of India, ...

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... India supported the Palestinians’ aspiration for enhanced United Nations status, underlining the imperative for an independent Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living alongside a secure Israel. ...

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MAHAMOUD ALI YOUSSOUF, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti, ...

... Finally, the occupation of Palestine was morally reprehensible and unacceptable. The global community had a moral duty to end the Palestinians people’s suffering. Recognizing Palestine as a full fledged State and full United Nations member was a first step.

WALID AL-MOUALEM, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria, ...

In addition, he recalled his country’s natural right to the full return of the occupied Syrian Golan and support for the independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. ...

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G.L. PEIRIS, Minister for External Affairs of Sri Lanka, ...

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... The restoration of the rights of Palestinians was a long-standing issue that required collective attention, and Sri Lanka supported the implementation of all United Nations resolutions on Palestine that would pave the way to statehood for its people.

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ARVIN BOOLELL, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional integration and International Trade of Mauritius, ...

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In addition, he said that the world could not turn away from the suffering of Syrians and Palestinians. ...

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WINSTON DOOKERAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, ...

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... The United Nations must also commit all available resources to mediating a two-State agreement to begin to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian situation, in full accordance with relevant resolutions reaffirming borders existing before 1967. ...

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GASPAR MARTINS ( Angola) ...

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... He supported the two-state resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian situation, as well as a negotiated resolution of the crisis in Syria assisted by international mediation. ...

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PAK KIL YON, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, ...

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“The most serious issue in the international arena at present is a flagrant violation of the principles of respect for sovereignty and equality,” he said. Unless the high-handedness and arbitrariness of certain countries was eliminated, it would be hard to say that the United Nations was playing its role as the centre for coordinating cooperative relations between States on the basis of sovereign equality, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The unjustifiable interference, pressure and use of force that violated Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and existence should be rejected, he emphasized.

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MARCO ALBUJA, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Political Integration of Ecuador, ...

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... Ecuador supported the Palestinian bid for enhanced United Nations Membership based on 1967 borders ...

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DESSIMA WILLIAMS ( Grenada) ...

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... On other matters, she called for a politically negotiated and urgent end to the situation in Syria, the creation of an independent Palestinian State, reform of the United Nations, the complete lifting of the embargo imposed on Cuba and continuing humanitarian contributions to Haiti.

JOSÉ FILIPE MORAES CABRAL ( Portugal) ...

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... On other matters, he said there would be no peace in the Middle East without a lasting solution to the Palestinian question. While Portugal understood Israel’s legitimate security aspirations, it also understood and shared the frustration of the Palestinians, for whom an independent State “is a straightforward question of justice”.

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JORGE VALERO BRICEÑO ( Venezuela) ...

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... He went on to express support for all efforts to ensure an independent Palestinian State. ...

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