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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/67/PV.14
27 September 2012

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
14th plenary meeting
Thursday, 27 September 2012, 6 p.m.
New York

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

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Agenda item 8 (continued)

General debate

Address by Mr. Najib Mikati, President of the Council of Ministers of the Lebanese Republic

The Acting President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the Council of Ministers of the Lebanese Republic.

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As we support the freedom and legitimate rights of all people, we need to raise a crucial issue, namely, the right of the fraternal Palestinian people to return to their homeland and to establish an independent Palestinian State, with Jerusalem as its capital. The recognition of the Palestinian State and its acceptance as a full Member of this international Organization and its affiliated agencies should pave the way for a just political solution to the Palestinian question and correct the ongoing historical injustice that has been inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.

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Peace, freedom and justice are the pillars for attaining both security and stability. They will pave the way to the eradication of oppression, extremism, hegemony and terrorism in our world. Stability cannot exist without a Palestinian spring, and a Palestinian spring can occur only through the full implementation of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination on their land.

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Address by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

The Acting President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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The blatant injustice perpetrated against, and murder, torture and humiliation of the Palestinian people by Israel marks a shameful chapter in human history. Deep frustrations at the injustice in Palestine and in other places also fuel terrorism. It is vital to resolve the Palestine and similar burning questions through justice and the establishment of democratic rights.

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Mr. Roman-Morey (Peru), Vice-President, took the Chair.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

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Peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean cannot be achieved without a just, lasting and comprehensive solution of the Palestinian issue, on the basis of a two-State solution. We regret the prolonged stagnation in the direct negotiations between the two parties. It is only through negotiations that peace can finally be achieved. We believe that unilateral actions cannot fulfil Israel’s quest for security or the Palestinians’ aspirations for statehood, which we fully support. The two-State solution should remain feasible on the ground.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Yang Jiechi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

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China is deeply concerned about the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and the economic and humanitarian difficulties facing the Palestinian people. The turbulence in the region should not divert international attention from the Palestinian issue. China supports the Palestinian people in establishing, on the basis of the 1967 border, an independent Palestinian State that enjoys full sovereignty, with East Jerusalem as its capital. China supports Palestine’s membership of the United Nations and other international organizations. China urges both Palestine and Israel to take concrete measures to remove obstacles and to work for the early resumption and substantive progress of the peace talks.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.

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As Norway’s Foreign Minister, I am the Chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for the Coordination of International Assistance to Palestinians. We met on the eve of this session of the General Assembly. I want to take this opportunity to share with Member States my deep concern about the state of play in the Israel-Palestine relationship. Exactly one year ago, we agreed here in New York that the Palestinian State-building process had reached a level where the institutions of State were in place. Great expectations were created, only to be frustrated.

Time is running short — shorter than many seem to understand. There is significant fatigue among the Palestinian population. They may become inspired to look for alternative options — options that would severely hamper the prospects of Palestinians and Israelis alike. I see a similar fatigue emerging among the countries that are funding the Palestinian authorities.

The two-State solution is the only path to sustainable peace, but the prospect of realizing a Palestinian State based on the two-State solution is diminishing as the expansion of Israeli settlements continues. Those actions remain the main obstacle to peace and they must stop. To get the peace process back on track, we need to break the impasse and reinstall the trust in a political horizon based on the final status issues. Negotiations remain the key to achieve that; they must start now.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Although the Syrian crisis is preoccupying the international community today, the Palestinian question remains the core issue for the Arab States and the international community. The Kingdom of Bahrain believes that it is imperative to redouble efforts towards a just, durable and comprehensive solution, notably through the creation of an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in conformity with the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the decisions of the international Quartet. We are extremely concerned at attempts to violate the sanctity of the holy sites in Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the attempts to alter their identity.

We call on the international community to support Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, who is striving relentlessly to defend the cause of his occupied country and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the region. We therefore urge the international community to demand that Israel cease its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and dismantle settlements that jeopardize the chances for peace. We also stress the need to implement the relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions by putting an end to ongoing Israeli violations and aggression, and to ensure the principles of international legitimacy, notably the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which prohibits any geographical or demographic alteration in occupied territories. We look forward to peace in our region, which would serve the interests of all its peoples.

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The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegoso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru.

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... Peru deems regrettable the fact that in more than 60 years our Organization has not been able to find a solution to the legitimate demand of the Palestinian people to establish an independent State and to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders. Peru recognizes the Palestinian State, has established diplomatic relations with it and, based on Peru’s historical position since 1947 and on international law, supports its admission as a full Member of the United Nations, without detriment to Israel’s right to its own security.

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The meeting rose at 11.20 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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