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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/68/PV.18
28 September 2013

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-eighth session
18th plenary meeting
Saturday, 28 September 2013, 9 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Ashe ...........................................................(Antigua and Barbuda)

The meeting was called to order at 9.05 a.m.

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The President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms of the Republic of Mauritius, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

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Mauritius is convinced that an essential condition for peace and prosperity in the Middle East is the peaceful coexistence of the States of Palestine and Israel. Mauritius wishes to reiterate its solidarity with the Palestine National Authority and the Palestinian people in their rightful aspiration to win full recognition as a State Member of the United Nations.

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The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Government of the Principality of Andorra, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

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The resumption of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can also be included in the dynamic of our quest for the right balance, based on a two-State-solution, between the legitimate demand of the Palestinian people for a peaceful and democratic State and the desire of Israelis to obtain assurances for their existence, safety and security.

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The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

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We must also find the vision and political will to commit to a just solution for Palestine. We fervently hope that progress towards a viable Palestinian State, based on pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, will be made, and that the United States and other members of the Quartet will continue to play their role as honest brokers in the process. Only with peace can there be development and dignity for the Palestinian people.

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The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

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Nepal is concerned about the long, drawn-out peace process in the Middle East. We are overdue in fulfilling our commitment to a comprehensive, lasting and judicious solution to the problem. We support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent and sovereign Palestine State, based on United Nations resolutions and a solution that enables Israel and Palestine to live as neighbours within secure and recognized international boundaries.

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The President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Excellency Mr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, and inviting him to address the Assembly.

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We are encouraged that direct talks have resumed between Israel and Palestine. India supports the early realization of a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side and at peace with Israel. We also remain committed to the Palestinian quest for full membership in the United Nations.

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The President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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We welcome the great commitment shown by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in giving fresh impetus to the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas deserve our respect for their courage in embarking together on that course. They have our full support as they pursue that course towards a negotiated agreement. Only a negotiated two-State solution can reconcile the legitimate interests of the two sides.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Titus Corlăţean, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania.

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Romania is a strong supporter of all endeavours aimed at achieving comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We support all the initiatives of the Quartet and the full implementation of the road-map vision of two States — Israel and Palestine — living side by side in peace and security. We therefore welcome the recent resumption of direct negotiations as a long-awaited step forward, made possible by the constant and tireless efforts of the United States Administration. We are hopeful that both parties will take courageous steps aimed at finding a durable solution to a problem of supreme concern to their peoples, the region and the international community.

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The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Rui Machete, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Portugal.

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The Middle East has also seen some positive recent developments with the resumption of the peace process between Israel and Palestine. I would like to reaffirm before the Assembly Portugal’s full support for that process. I congratulate the United States of America on its initiative and applaud the Palestinian and Israeli authorities for the courage and leadership shown in their decision to resume negotiations. There can be no lasting peace, stability or security in the Middle East unless the question of Palestine is settled. The present opportunity to ensure security for all and justice, finally, for the Palestinians must not be missed. We have a unique opportunity to find a peaceful solution on the basis of United Nations resolutions and internationally agreed parameters that establishes a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian State and addresses Israel’s security concerns.

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The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

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The Palestinian question remains the main source of tension in our region. Palestine is still suffering the effects of the ongoing Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the intensification of settlement activities. The hope for achieving a two-State solution was until recently on the verge of fading away irrevocably. Given that bleak scenario, we welcome and appreciate the recent efforts of the United States to advance the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The commitment of both sides to engaging in a process of time-bound negotiations is a significant development. We should all support the ongoing negotiations so that they may lead to the final settlement of the Palestinian question, which has continued since the past century.

Egypt will continue to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and sovereign State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the territories of the West Bank and Gaza and in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant terms of reference. I reiterate that the needs of the Gaza population must be met. The failure to do so has become politically and morally unacceptable. We therefore call on Israel and the international community to shoulder their responsibilities and ensure that the Palestinians in Gaza have access to basic supplies. We are ready to cooperate with the Palestinian authority and all concerned parties to agree on appropriate arrangements that guarantee the delivery of provisions in legal and transparent ways.

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The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.

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We note the encouraging developments in the Middle East peace process with the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The current situation of insecurity in the whole region necessitates progress in the peace process as never before. It is imperative that the parties demonstrate responsibility to sustain international efforts towards achieving the two-State solution and avoid actions that would risk undermining that objective. The economic, financial and humanitarian situation in Palestine requires continued international attention and assistance, particularly in order to ensure humanitarian aid for the region.

In June, Azerbaijan hosted a conference of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the establishment of an Islamic financial safety net in support of Palestine, as well as a donors conference in support of the city of Al-Quds. States members of the OIC and other international organizations attending the conferences pledged to contribute to improving Palestine’s economy, health care and education, as well as two infrastructure projects.

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The meeting rose at 2.05 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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