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55th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 19 November 2008, 10 a.m.
Mr. Borg (Malta): ...
The situation in the Middle East continues to be on the agenda of the Security Council after six decades, and yet we are still searching for a lasting solution to the Middle East problem with the Palestinian question at its core. While we do not underestimate the complex nature of this question, we regret that the Council has not been able to agree on timely and urgent measures to address the situations that continue to block progress towards a comprehensive and durable solution to this issue. The international community welcomed the Annapolis conference. The Security Council has a fundamental role to play in solidly backing the outcome of that conference in order to advance the Middle East peace process. It is our hope that in the coming months the Council will review its efforts in support of the current positive engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.
Mr. Gonsalves (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): ...
Similarly, regarding the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, we learn from the report that: “the Council was not able to reach the unanimity needed for it to take any action during the current 12-month reporting period, despite the seven attempts that were presented by different delegations in due course” ( A/63/2, p. 1 ). ...
Mr. Ali (Malaysia): ...
While we agree that the Security Council should give greater attention to developments in Africa, we regret that little, if any, is given to addressing the Palestinian question. This continues to be the main cause of instability and insecurity not only in the Middle East region but in the world at large. Despite the monthly public briefings and debates conducted by the Security Council, the Council has of late failed to adopt a single outcome on the question. What is most frustrating is that even the most obvious violations, such as the continuing construction of illegal settlements, which has been acknowledged at many meetings, including at Annapolis, have failed to get any response or reaction from the Security Council.
We do not understand why the Council should be so concerned and eager to act on matters such as climate change, where security implications are debatable, yet be stone silent on the Palestinian question. We are deeply disappointed, and we regret that the Council has been rendered ineffective in finding a workable solution to the Palestinian question, an issue that has been with the Security Council since its inception.
We also regret that the Security Council has failed to implement its own resolutions on this subject including its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973). The continued failure of the Security Council to solve the Palestinian question has undermined its credibility in the maintenance of the international peace and security, which I should recall, is a responsibility conferred on it by Article 24 of the Charter.
The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.
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