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UNITED
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        General Assembly
A/66/PV.20
23 September 2011

Official Records

General Assembly
Sixty-sixth session

20th plenary meeting
Friday, 23 September 2011, 3 p.m.
New York


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





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Address by Mr. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea

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Despite the international community’s repeated calls for peace, areas of conflict and tension continue in several regions of the world, in particular in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The occupation of Palestinian land by the State of Israel is an ongoing concern. The Palestinian people must exercise their legitimate and inalienable rights, including the right of return to their lands and the right to establish an independent State, within the borders established before June 1967, in peace and security alongside the State of Israel. That principled path alone could lead to a comprehensive and lasting peace, which is a guarantee for all countries in the region, including Israel.

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Address by Mr. Isaias Afwerki, President of the State of Eritrea

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With regard to the Middle East, which is a key item on the agenda of the current session of the General Assembly, Eritrea reaffirms its long-standing support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and an independent, sovereign State. It also upholds the right of Israel to live in peace and security within internationally recognized boundaries. At the same time, Eritrea is genuinely concerned that the current drive for United Nations membership for Palestine does not become a symbolic battle bereft of real substance. It is only prudent and relevant to recall that with the exception of a few realistic voices, the Oslo Accords were greeted with much acclaim and that, almost two decades later, they have not led to either Palestinian Statehood or peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

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Address by Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of the Niger

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For more than 60 years, the Middle East has been one of the most turbulent regions on the planet. We had great hopes for the resumption on 9 May 2010 of indirect negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, mediated by the United Nations. The start of direct bilateral negotiations represented real hope for reaching a global peace agreement based on a two-State solution, with an independent and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its neighbours.

It is undoubtedly the failure of those talks that has led the Palestinian Authority to take steps to achieve recognition of the State of Palestine based, on the one hand, on the 1967 borders, and on the other, on its admission as a full Member of the United Nations. This is the moment for our Organization to take a bold decision designed to settle the Israel-Palestinian problem definitively, a settlement without which the Arab Spring will be unable to guarantee peace and security in the entire Middle East. Indeed, the failure of democracies to resolve this long-standing crisis will inevitably reinforce terrorism and will erase the democratic achievements of the Spring.

My country, Niger, one of the 122 Member States that have already recognized the State of Palestine, is supporting its request for full membership in the United Nations, as presented this morning at this sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.

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Address by Mr. Emanuel Mori, President and Head of Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

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In joining the debate on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, my country urges the international community to remain steadfast in upholding the principles of peaceful coexistence as enshrined in the United Nations Charter. We continue to support Israel’s right to live within secure and recognized borders, free from the fear of terrorism. We also acknowledge Palestine’s right to statehood, which can be achieved only through a negotiated settlement between the two parties. I agree with President Obama that there are no shortcuts to solving this problem.

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Address by Mr. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros

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The same is true with regard to the question of Palestine. The Comoros has always supported the struggle of the brotherly Palestinian people and supports the request of the Palestinian authorities to the international community for the recognition of a Palestinian State in its borders of June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Indeed, for more than 30 years Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands has remained an unresolved issue. As for my country, it supports that recognition and appeals to all countries that love peace, freedom and justice to do the same.

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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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