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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
28 September 2012

General Assembly
GA/11296

        Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Plenary
15th, 16th & 17th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)



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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue the general debate for the sixty-seventh session.

Statements

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GUIDO WESTERWELLE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, ...

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... Meanwhile, at Germany’s initiative, this week, the Security Council had enhanced relations between the United Nations and the League of Arab States — an acknowledgment of its constitutional and positive role. In addition, Germany remained very concerned about the still unresolved dispute about Iran’s nuclear programme. In that regard, the “EU3+3” group of States had put forward proposals for a substantive negotiation process, and awaited a “serious response” from Iran. Israel’s security was at stake, as was stability in the whole region. He called on Iran to “stop playing for time”, as the situation was serious. At the same time, he added, those challenges must not lead to losing sight of the necessity of a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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ALFREDO MORENO CHARME, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Chile, said the Arab Spring had channelled the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Arab people. ... Further, Chile recognized the Palestinian State and supported its bid to become a United Nations Member State and its right to be independent. Israel also had the right to safe borders. ...

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BERNARD KAMILLIUS MEMBE, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, ...

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He applauded the admission of Palestine to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He appealed to big donors to UNESCO to review their decision to punish the agency by withdrawing funding, which hindered developing countries, particularly in Africa, which were the recipients of up to 65 per cent of UNESCO funds in education, science and culture. ...

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AHMET DAVUTOĞLU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, said: On many matters, we speak as one, yet we fail to act in unity.”  Each year there was a commitment to solve frozen conflicts in Palestine, the Nagorno-Karabakh region and in Cyprus, and they remain unresolved.  And “while we cannot resolve current problems, each year we find ourselves besieged by ever-mounting new ones”. ... 

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PATRICE EMERY TROVOADA, Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, ...

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On other conflict situations around the world, he expressed solidarity for victims, including the families of diplomats, journalists, members of non-governmental organizations and peacekeepers who had been killed. The Palestinian people must have their State, ...

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MOULAY RACHID, Crown Prince of Morocco, ...

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Concerning the question of Palestine, he urged mobilization of international support for the Palestinian National Authority’s efforts to secure enhanced non-Member State status at the United Nations. Negotiations were the best way for the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate national rights and set up an independent, fully viable and geographically contiguous State, living alongside Israel in peace and security, he continued, asking the international community to reconsider its intervention mechanisms and methods so that direct negotiations could resume immediately and under the best circumstances. As President of the Al-Quds Committee, he condemned the “Israeli scheme for the Judaization of occupied East Jerusalem, as well as the designs to wipe out the city’s spiritual and cultural identity and to change its demographic and urban features”. There would be no peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian State, he warned.

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EAMON GILMORE, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, ...

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Peace and justice remained elusive elsewhere, he said, emphasizing the need for a lasting resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. A Palestinian State was long overdue and Ireland welcomed plans for an interim step towards that goal that would accord the Palestinian Authority enhanced non-Member State status. There was no alternative to serious negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides for a comprehensive settlement, he said, stressing that if both their leaders were willing to embark on that path, they would have the unstinting support of the entire international community.

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MICHAEL SPINDELEGGER, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria, ...

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Turning to other situations, he called on both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to finally assume their responsibilities and facilitate lasting peace and security for future generations. ...

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SAMUEL SANTOS LÓPEZ, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, ...

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... Nicaragua called for a peaceful solution on Iran, he said, adding that the aspirations of the Palestinian people must be resolved through negotiations. They deserved their own State and to be part of the United Nations. ...

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SERGEY V. LAVROV, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, ...

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Elsewhere, a just and durable Arab-Israeli settlement envisaging an independent, viable Palestinian State coexisting in peace and security with Israel would significantly help normalize the region, he said. ...

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THONGLOUN SISOULITH, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, ...

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... As for the Middle East, he called for implementing Security Council resolutions, and for a two-State solution, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. He expressed support for the enhanced Palestinian membership to the United Nations. ...

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Prince SAUD AL-FAISAL, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, said the Palestinian question, which was the keystone of the Arab-Israeli conflict, remained a constant challenge for the United Nations, and could only be resolved by responding to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, particularly their right to an independent State with Jerusalem as its capital. That would end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, the principle of “land for peace” and the texts of the Arab Peace Initiative aimed at achieving a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace to the conflict. “ Israel is the side that should bear full responsibility for the stagnation endured by the peace process,” he added.

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ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, ...

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... As for the wider Middle East, he said peace and stability could not be achieved without resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands. It must withdraw from East Jerusalem, the occupied Syrian Golan and the remaining occupied Lebanese territories to the lines of 4 June 1967.

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