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        General Assembly
6 October 2003

Official Records
General Assembly
Fifty-eighth session
23rd plenary meeting
Monday, 6 October 2003, 10 a.m.
New York

President:The Hon. Julian R. Hunte ..............................(Saint Lucia)

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.


Agenda item 60 and agenda item 10 (continued)

Follow up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit: report of the Secretary-General (A/58/323)

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/58/1)


Mr. Chowdhury (Bangladesh): ...


The situation in Palestine worsens by the day. The spiralling violence continues unabated. The attack on Syria yesterday, which has been condemned by my Government, cannot, and will not, advance the cause of peace; indeed, on the contrary, it has contributed to exacerbating the already volatile situation. The United Nations must use the totality of its capacity in all its organs to resume the peace process and realize the two-State solution.


Mr. Akram (Pakistan): ...


The hopes for peace in the Middle East, revived by the Quartet’s road map, have now been all but extinguished. The unacceptable Israeli aggression against Syrian territory is a flagrant violation of international law, the Charter and all relevant Security Council resolutions. Besides threatening a larger conflagration, it undermines endeavours for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 1397 (2002). The world must reject Israel’s aggressive actions and revive the hopes for a just peace where two States — Palestine and Israel — can exist side by side within viable and recognized boundaries.


The meeting rose at 1.05 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 C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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