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23 September 2005
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixtieth General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES ANNUAL DEBATE, MEMBERS URGED TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTATION
OF AGREED INITIATIVES TO BOOST AID, ACHIEVE DEVLOPMENT, REFORM UN
The sixtieth United Nations General Assembly met today to continue and conclude its annual general debate.
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United Nations reform would not be complete unless it enabled the Organization to implement its resolutions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, he said. Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza was a first step, but it was not sufficient for peace. All United Nations resolutions had to be implemented, an independent Palestinian State had to be established, and the Golan had to be returned. The Security Council had repeatedly condemned Israel’s efforts to change the nature of the Syrian Golan, where Israel continued to support settlements. Syria was still willing to negotiate without preconditions, but its efforts had gone to waste because of Israel’s “greed”. It would be impossible to achieve peace unless Israel abided by international agreements, especially United Nations resolutions 242 and 338, the principle of land-for-peace, the terms of the Madrid Peace Conference, and the 2002 Arab peace initiative.
He said Syria, deeply concerned by the situation in Iraq, had tried to do its part to bring peace by controlling its border with Iraq. However, those who criticized Syria had not done their part to protect other borders. Syria also supported non-proliferation efforts. Israel had refused to abide by the NPT, while all other States in the Middle East were party to it. The Arab States, he added, needed to be represented with a permanent seat on the Security Council, which must increase both its permanent and non-permanent membership.
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