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4 October 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ON WORK PROGRAMME FOR OCTOBER
Saying she expected a “good ride” for the Security Council this month, U. Joy Ogwu (Nigeria), its President for October, today outlined a programme of work comprising a varied mix of both new and routine agenda items.
During the second open debate, scheduled for 24 October, the Council would discuss the Middle East, she said. It would consider the prevailing situation in the region, with a focus on how to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the problems there. ...
Asked about her country’s position on the Palestinian application for United Nations membership and the expected experts’ meetings on that matter, Ms. Ogwu confirmed that the first experts’ meeting was scheduled for this Friday. “I want to assure you that we will neither be stalled nor be stampeded,” she declared. “This group will meet in a transparent manner, as much as possible in a cohesive manner, as much as possible at a rational pace.”
She went on to state that her country supported the two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1984, Nigeria had recognized Palestine, and the country would continued to be a peaceful arbiter on the Middle East question, she said. “We want and do advocate peace in the end,” she added, emphasizing that Nigeria’s support of Palestine was unequivocal.
Pressed further on how her delegation would vote on the Palestinian application, she said that was Nigeria’s decision and responsibility, but it would approach the issue with the greatest sense of duty and responsibility.
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