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        General Assembly
26 September 2012

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
11th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 6 p.m.
New York

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

In the absence of the President, Mr. Benmehidi (Algeria), Vice-President, took the Chair.


The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming Her Excellency Ms. Isatou Njie-Saidy, Vice-President and Minister for Women’s Affairs of the Republic of the Gambia, and inviting her to address the General Assembly.


“The Palestinian situation is indeed deplorable. It has deteriorated to the point that a one-State solution may be inevitable. In defiance of international law, human decency and restraint, Israel, the occupying Power, is imposing a de facto situation on Palestinians through its despicable settlement activity and land seizures. The sad reality is that it is the mechanisms of the Security Council, which are constantly invoked, that further delay or stifle the action necessary to bring about lasting peace in Palestine. Israel’s excesses, namely, the land seizures, settlement activity, mass imprisonment of Palestinians, denial of revenue, maiming and murder of Palestinians by the State apparatus and many others, must be halted. The truth is bitter when told, but it will set us all free.


Ms. Flores (Honduras), Vice-President, took the Chair.


The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Elio di Rupo, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.


I have another comment concerning the region; I wish to mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Belgium favours the rapid resumption of negotiations aimed at finding a solution based on the coexistence of two States — the State of Israel and a State of Palestine that is independent, democratic, united and viable — living together in peace, security and prosperity. We also wish to state very clearly our opposition to the continuation of colonization.


The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Titus Corlătean, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania.


Recent developments in the area of peace and security, at both the global and regional levels, do not offer many reasons for optimism. The year 2012 has seen limited progress with the Middle East peace process. The expectations raised by the statement of the Quartet for the Middle East on 23 September 2011 will remain unfulfilled as long as direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are not resumed.

Romania is a strong supporter of all efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We support all the initiatives of the Quartet and the full implementation of the road map’s vision of two States, Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security.


The meeting rose at 10.40 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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