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GA/10063
19 September 2002

Fifty-seventh General Assembly
Plenary
17th Meeting (PM)

SPEAKERS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE CALL FOR FURTHER EFFORTS
TO ADDRESS CONFLICTS IN CENTRAL ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA


Saudi Arabia Cites Need for Achievement of Palestinian Rights;
Georgia Draws Attention to Deterioration of Georgian-Russian Relations


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Statements

LASSANA TRAORE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mali, ...

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... Mali remained deeply concerned by developments in the Middle East.  The creation of a Palestinian State within safe and internationally recognized borders was the most certain guarantee of just and lasting peace in the region.  ...

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FATHULLA JAMEEL, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, ...

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On to the Middle East, he condemned Israel for “killing the peace process” and “frustrating the prospects” for an independent Palestinian State.  He supported an independent Palestinian State with Al-Quds as its capital and called on Israel to withdraw from all occupied Palestinian territories and respect all relevant Security Council resolutions.

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ARJUN JUNG BAHADUR SINGH, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, said his country supported the ongoing global war on terrorism and saw the need for better enforcement of existing international law and the conclusion of a comprehensive convention on terrorism.  However, even though terrorism was the menace of the moment, other peace and security problems continued to trouble the world, such as those in the Middle East and the rising tensions in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

To find a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, Nepal supported the implementation of Security Council resolution 1397 and the Quartet agreement of 2002.  ...

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ALI ABDI FARAH, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti, ...

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... The United Nations had to act swiftly to avert an important crisis in the Middle East as one of the greatest threats to world peace could be traced to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Referring to Palestinians, he said “a whole nation was under a virtual house arrest”.  Nevertheless, he condemned violence against all civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinian, and called for peace between Israel and Syria and a return to 1967 borders between those two countries.

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YOUSSOUF OUEDRAOGO, Minister of State, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Burkina Faso, ...

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The current year had been particularly costly in terms of the loss of life in the Middle East, he noted.  The atrocities committed every day were troubling.  It was imperative for dialogue and negotiations to prevail over violence.  He strongly urged the Security Council to implement its relevant resolutions.  ...

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ANDRE BUMAYA, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Rwanda, hoped that peace could come to the Middle East, thereby guaranteeing the establishment of a Palestinian State coexisting peacefully with the State of Israel.  Despite hotbeds of violence, he had reason to be optimistic at initiatives designed to resolve ongoing conflicts, such as the recent talks between the two Koreas. 

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AGBA OTIKPO MEZODE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic, ...

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There were other regional conflicts that threatened world order.  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict needed to be solved.  He said his country was committed to good governance and rejected charges of corruption levelled at it.

FAWZI BIN ABDUL MAJEED SHOBOKSHI (Saudi Arabia) said that the international effort against terrorism, regardless of how effective it was, would not be able to totally eradicate that phenomenon unless it got to its underlying causes, including political, economic and social circumstances that bred terrorism.  Thirty-five long years had passed since the Palestinian people had come under Israeli occupation.  The cycle of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories would never diminish unless the legitimate rights of the Palestinians were achieved.

The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, he said, was now at a point that would undoubtedly lead to a human catastrophe as a result of the economic siege, the unchecked spread of disease and epidemics, and the near collapse of public health and security forces.  The promise of security by the current Government of Israel would never materialize.  That was directly due to the policies and practices of that Government.

The starting point out of the dilemma was for Israel to realize the importance of the existence of a Palestinian State built on a legitimate constitution that was capable of conducting negotiations.  He saw in the Arab Peace Initiative, adopted at the Beirut Summit, a historic move that accommodated all the requirements for a just and permanent peace in the Middle East. 

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