Press Release
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York

29 September 1998


*Security Council condemns attacks against United Nations personnel and staff of humanitarian organizations.

*General Assembly re-elects United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two-year term.

*Speakers in Assembly's general debate address regional conflicts, nuclear non-proliferation and development cooperation.

*Secretary-General calls for urgent attention to problem of United States arrears to United Nations.

*United Nations humanitarian agencies express concern about renewed fighting in southern Sudan.

*United Tajik Opposition resumes activities in Reconciliation Commission and Government in Tajikistan.
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A number of speakers discussed conflicts in their respective regions...

Syria's Foreign Minister, Farouk Al-Shara', said the entire Middle East peace process was on the wane so long as the Israeli Government rejected the land-for-peace principle, trying to impose a peace on the Arabs on the basis of occupation and settlement. "But Syria was and is still committed to peace, considering it a strategic option which requires the resumption of negotiations from the point at which they stopped on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks and continuing to build on the commitments and the undertakings reached until a just and comprehensive peace is established in the region," he said.

The Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Nizar O. Madani, said if the present Israeli Government was serious in its efforts to achieve peace with the Palestinians, all it had to do was to affirm its adherence to the signed agreements and restart the negotiations on unresolved issues.

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