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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
47th Meeting (PM)
GA/9960
11 November 2001

ASSEMBLY SPEAKERS LINK FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
TO ACHIEVEMENT OF OVERALL UN GOALS

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Background

The General Assembly met this afternoon to continue its general debate. (For more background information, see Press Release GA/9957 of 10 November.)

The Assembly was expected to hear from the heads of State or Government of Guatemala, Samoa and Kuwait, as well as the Crown Prince of Monaco and other high-level government representatives.

Statements

ALFONSO PORTILLO CABRERA, President of Guatemala: ...

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With regards to other international conflicts, we hope that the divisions that persist between brothers in the Middle East, Asia and Africa will be amenable to peaceful resolution through dialogue. I also wish to reiterate our concern over the situation of the 23 million citizens of the Republic of China in Taiwan, whose aspiration to be represented in international organizations has not yet been fully satisfied, and which in our opinion could make a positive contribution to the promotion of peace and democracy in the world.

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SHEIKH SABAH AL-AHMAD AL-JABER AL-SABAH, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait: ...

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The eyes of the world have been mesmerized for over one year now by the valiant uprising of the Palestinian people. It came as a natural and legitimate response to the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the Israeli Government’s retreat from the accords it signed with the Palestinian side. The obvious policy of the Government of Israel is to reject any Palestinian, regional or international initiative. They slam every door; they ponder their oppressive measures, they trigger one crisis after another. Their overriding goal is to abort the peace promise born in Madrid in 1991. It is precisely against this backdrop that the United Nations, the international community and the United States must assume a special responsibility to mount an effective drive to force Israel to fulfill its undertakings and commitments. These commitments include those relating to the city of Jerusalem, with a view to preserving its Arab and Islamic character.

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JAN PETERSEN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway: ...

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In the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the only way out of the current stalemate is the full implementation of the recommendations of the Mitchell Report. There must be an immediate end to terrorism in the region, and the cycle of violent action and reaction must be broken. Simultaneously, confidence-building measures must be implemented, step by step. The parties must then find a way back to the negotiating table quickly, to resolve the causes underlying the conflict. Norway will continue to support efforts in that regard and stands ready to help restore the economic and social infrastructure in Palestinian areas.

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DAH OULD ABDI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mauritania: ...

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Our country has noted with satisfaction the sustained efforts and successive calls for peace in the Middle East, in order that the people of the region can live in peace, security and prosperity. We hope that the peace process will return to the principles of the Madrid Conference, notably the principle of “land for peace”, and that it will also adhere to Security Council resolutions 242, 238, and 425. ...

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JAIME GAMA, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal: ...

The situation in the Middle East, namely in Palestine, is extremely worrying, to the point of placing international security at risk. The international community cannot spare any efforts to ensure that Israel and the Palestinians return to the path of dialogue. Only there will a solution be found that is equally just for both the Palestinian peoples -- who have fought for decades for the recognition of their homeland and for dignified living conditions within a sovereign and responsible Palestinian State -- and for Israel, which has the equal right to live in security and at peace with its neighbours.

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ABDELAZIZ BELKHADEM, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria: ...

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There is a need to correct situations of injustice and denial of rights. In Palestine, the situation demands resolute action to put an end to the daily tribulations of the Palestinian people. Algeria reaffirms its solidarity with the Palestinian people and its inalienable right to an independent State, with Al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital. It calls upon the international community to protect the Palestinian people by sending international observers. Only a solution based on international legality -- particularly Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, as well as the principle of land for peace -- can ensure a just and lasting peace for the region. Algeria reaffirms its solidarity with the brotherly people of Syria and Lebanon for the restoration of lands still occupied by Israel, and appeals for lifting the sanctions against the Iraqi and Libyan people.

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HOR NAMHONG, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia: ...

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The deadly terrorist acts against the United States were, undoubtedly, crimes against humanity, and Cambodia fully supports international efforts in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. However, everything possible must be done to avoid civilian casualties.

In addition, the root causes of terrorism, as well as factors contributing to it, should be addressed. In that regard, a just and lasting peace in the Middle East must be implemented, including the establishment of a Palestinian State as quickly as possible. ...

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LILA HANITRA RATSIFANDRIHAMANANA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Madagascar: ...

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It goes without saying that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has our full attention. A special session needs to be convened on this question and a force deployed to protect the innocent victims. We need to support the Palestinians in their quest for independence and sovereignty. The principle of land for peace must be respected, in keeping with United Nations resolutions. Afghanistan, a hotbed of tension, has recently become a field of war. The fight against terrorism is legitimate, but the support of refuges and the civilian victims of war should be an obligation for us all.

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FUAD MUBARAK AL-HINAI (Oman): ...

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In the Middle East conflict, Oman lends its support to all efforts that aimed at achieving peace founded on justice, international legitimacy and the principle of land for peace. Israel, on the other hand, has ignored these principles and seeks to continue its occupation, depriving Palestinians of their right to self-determination. Oman calls on the United States and the Russian Federation, along with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to revive the peace process. It calls for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and Shabia farms.

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