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Agenda item 8 (continued)
The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Bazoum, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad of the Republic of the Niger.
With respect to Palestine, it is heartbreaking to think that in today’s world, so characterized by highly sophisticated technology and so imbued with modern values, a people could be deprived of its most elementary rights. The Niger is hopeful that the current initiative of the United States Government will be successful and will lead to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State beside and in harmonious coexistence with Israel.
The Acting President (spoke in French): I call now on His Excellency Mr. Ali Ahmed Karti, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan.
The question of Palestine — how to achieve justice and restore the rights of the Palestinian people and stop the illegal aggression by the Israeli authorities in that territory — is still a real challenge in the international arena. The prisoners must be released. The matter must be resolved within the context of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative, but Israel has simply turned a deaf ear to proposals from the Arab sides.
The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.
On the issue of Palestine, the full weight of diplomatic pressure must similarly be brought to bear and resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council implemented. The historic injustice that the Palestinian people have suffered for so long must be ended. We are encouraged by and welcome, therefore, the resumption of direct negotiations between Palestine and Israel, the result, no less, of painstaking and relentless diplomatic efforts. The revival of the long-stalled nuclear disarmament agenda is also key. In particular, as co-President of the Article XIV Conference on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Indonesia calls for the early entry into force of the Treaty.
The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Speaking of long-standing conflicts, none is more evident than the decades-long strife between Palestine and Israel. Following years of deadlock and impasse, we see that renewed efforts for a peaceful settlement have emerged with the resumption of direct negotiations between the two sides. That is an important development, which we hope will result in durable peace, enabled by the establishment of an independent Palestinian State. We also hope to witness the inclusion of the State of Palestine as a full Member of the Organization.
The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The resumption of direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis is long-awaited and most welcome news. Since the Oslo agreement 20 years ago, it has been clear that the best outcome for all the parties is a two-State solution, which can accomplish a reign of peace and security for the two peoples. We may still have at hand perhaps the last chance for such a resolution of the conflict. When I say “perhaps the last chance”, it is not because I think there may be more chances later, but rather it is because, at worst, the last chance may already have been missed. But it is our duty to make the effort to achieve a negotiated two-State solution.
Finland commends Secretary Kerry’s dedication and the personal commitment demonstrated by the parties. The entire international community must lend all its support for the negotiations to succeed. That must be concrete and effective support. The role of regional partners is crucial, and I welcome the efforts made by the League of Arab States in reviewing the Arab Peace Initiative.
The situations in both Syria and the Middle East and between Israel and the Palestinians have been the subject of important mediation efforts. I call for stronger political will and determination to resolve those conflicts. The parties must work harder and the Security Council, especially its permanent members, must shoulder their responsibility. ...
The Acting President (spoke in French): I now call on His Excellency Mr. Elías Jaua Milano, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Why do we not implement the resolutions adopted by the plenary so that the State of Palestine can be established as a peaceful, just and lasting solution to the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict?
We raise those questions for consideration when it comes to the future of humankind, on behalf of the people of Simón Bolívar — the people of Venezuela — who love peace, equality and freedom.
The meeting rose at 8.45 p.m.
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