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        General Assembly
25 September 2012

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
7th plenary meeting
Tuesday, 25 September 2012, 3 p.m.
New York

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


The Acting President (spoke in French): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations Her Excellency Ms. Cristina Fernandez, President of the Argentine Republic, and to invite her to address the Assembly.


The need to recognize the Palestinian State and the need to recognize that Israel must live within legally recognized borders in accordance with the 1967 borders is the crux of the problem in the Middle East. The Argentine Republic — and I believe we reflect the interests of our region — maintains that it is necessary to have a response to an issue that has been calling for a solution for decades. Yet, owing to different circumstances, to Governments and to interests in the West, which has an enormous responsibility of leadership in the issue, nothing constructive has been achieved.


The Acting President (spoke in French): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


In its capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Senegal restates its support for the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital and with a seat here among free nations. A viable and independent Palestine, living in peace with the State of Israel, each within secure and internationally recognized borders, is one of our longest-standing unfulfilled promises, even though its fulfilment is the only guarantee for a peaceful, fair and lasting settlement of the Middle East crisis. In the interest of all the peoples of the region and the world, it is high time that the Holy Land of the three revealed religions no longer be a land of fire, blood and tears. The light of wisdom emanating from its spiritual legacies requires it instead to be a land of peace and human fraternity.


The Acting President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


As the Arab Spring demanded dignity for all, so it demanded the end of exceptionalism. No single issue causes greater anger than to tell an entire people that when it comes to global justice they do not count. The Arab Summer cannot bear its full fruit until the Palestinian-Israeli conf lict ends, and ends with a just peace and a Palestinian State living side by side with a secure Israel at peace with the entire region.

Earlier this year, in Amman, we succeeded in getting both sides back to the table for exploratory talks. Then positive traction stopped again. Illegal settlement-building and unilateral actions have continued, constituting direct threats to a negotiated peace. We are extremely concerned by threats to Jerusalem and the sanctity of its Muslim and Christian holy sites. The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound of Al-Haram Al-Sharif in East Jerusalem is under Hashemite custodianship, a special role recognized by the 1994 Jordan-Israel Treaty of Peace and protected as occupied territory by international law. It is Islam’s third holiest site and its importance to 1.7 billion Muslims, one quarter of the world’s population, is similar to the importance of the Ka’ba itself.

Let me be absolutely clear, any invasion or division of the site of Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa would be viewed not only as a breach of Israel’s obligations but as a profound religious transgression. The international community must send a clear message that such a transgression, or any attempt to erase the Arab, Muslim or Christian identity of Jerusalem, will not be tolerated. What is needed now is the full weight of our nations, united. Neither the parties nor the world can afford continued hostility and insecurity. There may be a rare window of opportunity later this year, after the United States elections, to achieve what both sides so urgently need, namely, two States at peace, Palestine and Israel, both secure, both free to look forward on the basis of a just, comprehensive and final settlement. That has always been and will remain a foremost priority for Jordan.

Let me say now, as I have said before, that the Arab world seeks peace. We mean by that real peace: diplomatic relations, economic relations, trade and investment. We mean by that a new normality, in peace, where people are safe in their homes, where communities are able to build and where cooperation helps the entire region prosper. All this has been on offer for over 10 years, since 2002, under the Arab Peace Initiative, through which 57 Arab and Muslim countries reached out collectively to Israel. It is time for Israel to turn around, look to the future we must share and make a just and lasting peace with the Palestinians.


The Acting President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


... We support the rights of the Palestinian people and an independent Palestinian State. We also favour the admission of Palestine to full membership of the oUnited Nations.


The meeting rose at 6.15 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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