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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
A/54/PV.9
22 September 1999

Official Records

General Assembly
Fifty-fourth Session
9th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 22 September 1999, 3 p.m.
New York

President: Mr. Gurirab ........................................... (Namibia)

The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.

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President Guelleh (spoke in French): ...

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The renewed dialogue between the Palestinians and the new Israeli leader appears to offer a promising opportunity for charting a new course in the Middle East. The most urgent need is to restore confidence — a task that will involve winning over the hearts and minds of Palestinians jaded by the cynicism of successive Israeli Governments. The timely implementation of the provisions of the recent agreement should help build the necessary confidence by making the parties see reason. Advantage must be taken of the current momentum, despite the efforts of hostile factions.

Now that a time-table has been set for the consideration of final-status issues such as borders, settlements, the status of Jerusalem, refugees, water and statehood for Palestine, the outcome will depend on the will and commitment of both sides. The road should also be cleared for a settlement of the Golan Heights question and for the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, in accordance with Security Council resolution 425 (1978).

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President Rodríguez Echeverría (spoke in Spanish): ...

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Regarding the situation in the Middle East, we watch with hope the progress in the search for a peaceful and definitive solution on the basis of full compliance with the Oslo accords. We acknowledge the tireless efforts of President Barak, of Israel, and President Arafat, of the Palestinian Authority, and their commitment to peace and the future of their peoples.

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The Acting President (spoke in Arabic): The next speaker is the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Sartaj Aziz, on whom I now call.

Mr. Aziz (Pakistan): ...

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Long-suppressed national aspirations, as well as frustration with continuing inequity and deprivation, have led to widespread violence and wars, between and within States. The several conflicts afflicting Africa, the Balkans and the Caucasus, as well as Palestine, Kashmir and Afghanistan, are painful reminders of the ascendance of war and the absence of peace.

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The world has welcomed the resumption of the peace process in the Middle East. We earnestly hope that it will proceed smoothly to culminate in the establishment of a just and durable peace based on the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to their own State, and the withdrawal of Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights and southern Lebanon.

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The Acting President (spoke in Arabic): I now call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Mr. George Papandreou.

Mr. Papandreou (Greece): ...

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... We watch in awe as Israelis and Palestinians shake hands once again. The peace might be local, but our pride is international. ...

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The meeting rose at 9.05 p.m.


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