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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/54/PV.17
29 September 1999

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-fourth Session
17th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 29 September 1999, 3 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Gurirab ........................................... (Namibia)

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.

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The President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

President Sanha (spoke in Portuguese; French text furnished by the delegation): ...

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In the Middle East, the peace process between Israel and Palestine deserves our utmost attention. In this regard, we note with satisfaction the positive development in relations between Israel and Palestine under the impetus provided by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak.

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Agenda item 9

General debate

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The President: I now call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, His Excellency Mr. Saïd Ben Mustapha.

Mr. Ben Mustapha (Tunisia) (spoke in Arabic): ...

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With respect to the Middle East, where the conflict has lasted more than half a century, peace, which is cherished by the peoples of that region and indeed by the whole world, still faces difficulties despite the efforts that have been made by the international community, particularly since the early 1970s. There is no doubt that a comprehensive, just and lasting peace is the only way to consolidate the foundations of stability and security and to enable all parties to devote their resources and energies to the development efforts of their countries and to ensuring the well-being of their peoples.

Tunisia has followed with satisfaction the new developments brought about by the signing of the Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum, which has created a new encouraging climate for the reactivation of the peace process and the faithful and full implementation of all agreements and commitments. We hope that the final status negotiations will lead to the resolution of the most important issues, particularly the recognition of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, in particular its right to establish an independent State on its land, with Jerusalem as its capital.

On the basis of this firm position of principle in support of the peace process, and eager as it is to see the peace process succeed on all tracks, Tunisia insists on the importance of reactivating negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks from the point at which they stopped, as well as on the necessity of the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from South Lebanon and from the Syrian Golan Heights, in compliance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and on the basis of the principle of land for peace. Occupation and peace cannot co-exist.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, His Excellency Mr. Vartan Oskanian.

Mr. Oskanian (Armenia): ...

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Armenia also welcomes the most recent positive developments in the Middle East peace process. We hope that the Palestinian people's right to self-determination will be fully realized, thus bringing lasting peace and stability to the Middle East.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now give the floor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Information of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, His Excellency The Honourable Allan Cruickshank.

Mr. Cruickshank (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines): ...

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines also applauds the efforts and commitment of Prime Minister Barak of Israel and Chairman Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization to bring peace and security to the people of their region.

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The meeting rose at 7.40 p.m.


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