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Source: General Assembly
19 September 2005

Press Release
GA/10390

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

Sixtieth General Assembly
Plenary
13th & 14th Meetings (AM & PM)

MOST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES UNABLE TO ACHIEVE MILLENNIUM GOALS, GIVEN CURRENT
LEVELS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH, INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT, GENERAL ASSEMBLY TOLD
Enhanced Resource Flows, Scientific
Applications Needed to Break Out of Poverty, Leaders Say
(Delayed for technical reasons; issued on 20 September.)


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Background

The General Assembly reconvened this morning to continue its annual general debate.

Statements

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NAVINCHANDRA RAMGOOLAM, Prime Minister of Mauritius, ...

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...  Mauritius also welcomed Israel’s disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank, and urged the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to continue their confidence-building measures.  ...

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FELIPE PEREZ ROQUE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba, ...

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... If the United States had allowed the Organization to act in accordance with its Charter, Iraq would not have been invaded for its oil, the Palestinian people would exercise sovereignty over their rightful territory, and Cuba would not continue to be blockaded.

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SYED HAMID ALBAR, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, ...

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...  The Assembly must not lose sight of the urgent need to address and resolve one of the most important issues confronting the Organization -- the question of Palestine.  ...

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RASHID ABDULLAH AL-NOAIMI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, ...

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Turning to the issue of illegal occupations, he called upon Iran to respond to his country’s peaceful initiatives to end the occupation of three United Arab Emirates islands through bilateral negotiations, or by referral to the International Court of Justice.  Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza was a welcome step, and it was to be hoped that the international community would urge Israel to complete its withdrawal from the Arab and Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

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AL HADJI YAHYA JAMMEH, President of the Gambia, ... It was also important to put a high priority on resolving current conflicts, beginning with the Middle East.  A two-State solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was required.  ...

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PAKALITHA BETHUEL MOSISILI, Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Public Service of Lesotho, ...

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... Finally, stressing that the right to self-determination and respect for all human rights should be guaranteed for all, he called for complete withdrawal from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the independence of the Saharawi people, the lifting of the unilateral embargo against Cuba, and an end to armed conflicts, particularly in Africa.

JEAN ASSELBORN, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg, ...

...  Violence between Israelis and Palestinians needed to cease, and peace negotiations needed to move forward based on the Road Map, which remained the only point of reference.

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MOHAMMED ABDULLAH MIT-AG AL-RUMAIHI, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar, ...

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Peace in the Middle East would only be achieved by implementing existing resolutions of the Security Council and General Assembly, which recognized the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination.  Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was a first step, which would hopefully be followed by similar ones in all of the Palestinian and other Occupied Territories.  ...

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