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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/66/PV.27
26 September 2011

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-sixth session

27th plenary meeting
Monday, 26 September 2011, 6 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Al-Nasser ......................................................... (Qatar)






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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Samuel Santos López, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua.

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The unacceptable policy of double standards has become a constant of those Powers, which clearly aspire to hegemony. Where are those countries, the supposed defenders of oppressed peoples, the self-proclaimed civilian protection apostles, when an attempt is being made to recognize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, their right to live in peace, their right to a sovereign State enjoying full recognition as a State Member of the United Nations? This is clearly an instance of double morals, double standards. After six decades of conflict, the Palestinian people are now to be denied their right to a State, while a mere 10 days ago, with unheard of haste and, I must note, a certain irony, the General Assembly recognized a transitional council that has not yet formed a Government.

We reject the logic of denying the very existence of a Palestinian State. From the moment of triumph of our revolution in 1979 — the Sandinista revolution — Nicaragua has been a proud witness to the noble struggle of the Palestinian people and their substantial concessions aimed at achieving peace.

Before the General Assembly, Nicaragua ratifies its recognition of the Palestinian State within its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. We call, here and now, for the proclamation of Palestine as the 194th State Member of the United Nations. Recognition of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people can only serve to promote Middle East peace and stability. At present, more than ever, such recognition must become a reality. Clearly, Palestine’s right is linked to the existence of the State of Israel, a State we recognize in juridical and political terms. May both States exist, so that both peoples may live in peace and work for their well-being and development: That is the universal appeal.

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

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Since its creation, the United Nations has put a great deal of effort into the noble endeavour of freeing peoples still under the yoke of colonialism and domination. The history of the United Nations is intertwined with the emancipation of peoples. The time has therefore come to do justice to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people. The Congo hopes to see a sovereign Palestinian State emerge, master of its own fate, in this great universal family, within secure and guaranteed borders and living in peace alongside the people of the State of Israel in a spirit of good neighbourliness and cooperation.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Minister of External Relations of Angola.

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The situation in the Middle East, particularly in the Palestinian territories, is one of the most serious problems facing the international community. Angola is witnessing with great concern the escalation of the conflict and the lack of progress towards a solution of the Palestinian question. In line with the general position of the international community regarding the conflict, my country advocates the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, living side by side with the State of Israel, in peace and security, within secure internationally recognized borders.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Further afield, we have always advocated that the Middle East conflict should be settled peacefully. Trinidad and Tobago supports the quest of Palestinians for a State of their own with secure borders, alongside the State of Israel, whose borders must also be secure and free from terrorist attacks. The United Nations must continue to show leadership and work with the Arab League and other entities to resolve the decades-old conflict between Israel and Palestine so that there can be lasting peace in the region. For far too long, we, like the rest of the world, have witnessed the horrendous loss of life and destruction of infrastructure which have erased the hopes and prospects of many young people for a bright future in the place of their birth.

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The Acting President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Institutional Relations of the Principality of Andorra.

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Likewise, with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we must keep encouraging dialogue and mediation. The Palestinian people’s aspiration to have a democratic and peaceful State is as legitimate as the Israeli desire to obtain guarantees for its existence and security. The final aim of a mutual recognition of two States by two peoples, on the basis of the 1967 lines with the agreed and equivalent exchanges, is now under discussion.

A possible intermediate step, in a shorter term, by becoming an observer State could represent an element of hope for the Palestinian people, provided that it is not used for purposes that are incompatible with continuing negotiations, but for the aforementioned goal. Israel also must contribute to that spirit, avoiding attitudes that could affect the final status.

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