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UNITED
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        General Assembly
A/67/PV.19
1 October 2012

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
19th plenary meeting
Monday, 1 October 2012, 10 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Jeremić ...........................................................(Serbia)

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Agenda item 8 (continued)

General debate

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Yousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin Abdulla, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Oman.

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We are aware of the complexities that arise in any discussion of the question of Palestine at sessions of the Assembly. We all know, however, that while the United Nations has explored every avenue and adopted many resolutions and policies on the Palestinian question, that issue continues to be a cause for concern and a source of unending threats and conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. We believe, therefore, that the role of the United Nations with regard to the question of Palestine should change from one of managing the crisis to one of seriously seeking a just, lasting and comprehensive political solution that would take into account the interests of both Palestinians and Israelis and lead to the establishment of a State of Palestine, living side by side with the State of Israel. In that context, my country supports Palestine’s application for non-member State observer status at the United Nations, hoping that that will usher a new phase in the Palestinian- Israeli negotiations and one that could make a positive contribution to settling the issue.

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The Acting President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba.

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The General Assembly should act with resolve and recognize the Palestinian State as a full Member of the United Nations, within the borders established prior to 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital; and it should do so now, with or without the consent of the Security Council; with or without a United States veto; and with or without new peace negotiations.

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The Acting President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. S.M. Krishna, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India.

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Support for the Palestinian cause has been a cornerstone of India’s foreign policy. We were privileged to receive President Mahmoud Abbas in India earlier this month. We support Palestine’s aspirations for enhanced status at the United Nations. It is imperative that there be an early realization of a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side and at peace with Israel, as endorsed in the Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet road map and the relevant United Nations resolutions.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti.

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The establishment of the United Nations gave rise to immense hope in the world following the Second World War and symbolized the will of all peoples of the world not to be plunged again into the throes of war. The Organization has been a forum for all nations under colonization and a platform for them to acquire sovereignty and to free themselves from domination.

However, it seems that, since 1947, there has been an exception, to the detriment of the Palestinian people. Palestine still lives under occupation, which today is morally reprehensible and politically unacceptable. It is high time that justice be delivered to the Palestinian people and that the peace process between the Palestinian authorities and the occupying force succeed. Freedom, justice, dignity and respect for human rights are the only bastions against extremist excesses. The international community has a moral duty and a political responsibility to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people, which has lasted for more than 60 years.

History is on the side of those that show the political courage required to achieve peace and to give the peoples concerned hope for a better life. The recognition of a Palestinian State as a fully-fledged Member of the United Nations by the General Assembly is the first step in the solidarity that the international community owes to the Palestinian people, who have shown patience and selflessness until now.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Syria renews its support for the legitimate call on the international community to recognize a free and independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967. As everyone knows, the failure of efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East on the basis of the international terms of reference endorsed by the international community as a basis for peace between Palestinians and Israelis is due to the unilateral positions and actions of Israel, especially Israel’s insistence on continuing its settlement policy and its evasion of the requirements of peace.

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Mr. Balé (Congo), Vice-President, took the Chair.

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The Acting President (spoke in French): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. G. L. Peiris, Minister for External Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

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One long-standing issue that weighs on the conscience of the international community and which needs our sustained collective attention is the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. Sri Lanka fully supports the implementation of all relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine, which will pave the way for the achievement of Statehood for the Palestinian people and bring lasting peace to the region. Sri Lanka fully supports Palestine in its efforts to achieve full membership in the United Nations.

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The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Basile Ikouebe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and La Francophonie of the Republic of the Congo.

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Outside the African continent, particularly with respect to the Middle East, the ongoing violence in certain countries continues to erode the prospects for peace in the region, not to mention the blocked peace process between Israel and Palestine, now deadlocked for several decades and, even worse, 10 years after the adoption of the Arab Peace Initiative. The Arab spring has apparently not bloomed there, to the detriment of the interests of a people who have the same right as any other to live in peace with its neighbours in a viable State. The Palestinian State has a rightful place in this body.

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Mr. Charles (Trinidad and Tobago), Vice-President, took the Chair.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Winston Dookeran, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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At the same time, we also call for more principled leadership by the permanent members of the Council to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite the adoption of numerous resolutions by the General Assembly and the Council, and several peace initiatives, including that of the League of Arab States, we continue to witness, almost on a daily basis, wanton violence and tremendous loss of life, resulting in further escalation of tensions. A resolution of the conflict remains elusive, and the conflict is a catalyst for regional insecurity and instability. That makes even more urgent the need to find a formula for enduring peace. The United Nations must commit all available resources to mediating a two-State agreement in order to begin to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian situation, in full accordance with resolutions reaffirming borders existing before 1967.

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The Acting President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins, Chairman of the delegation of Angola.

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The prevailing situation in the Middle East in general, and the Palestinian territories in particular, is one of the most serious problems facing the international community. Angola supports the creation of an independent Palestinian State living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security and within secure internationally recognized borders, in line with the position of the international community.

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The meeting rose at 2.45 p.m.


This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room U-506. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.


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