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UNITED NATIONS
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


Fifty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
19th & 20th Meetings (AM & PM)
GA/10164
1 October 2003

ADDRESSING SIGNIFICANT THREATS FACING SMALL ISLAND STATES CRITICAL TO ACHIEVING GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA, GENERAL ASSEMBLY TOLD

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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue its general debate.

Statements

JAMES WAPAKABULO, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda, ...

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Uganda supported the establishment of a Palestinian State, living side by side with Israel and within recognized borders in accordance with Security Council resolutions.  ...

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YOUSEF BIN ALAWI BIN ABDULLAH, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Oman, ...

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He said that Oman had followed with grave concern the developments in Palestine.  The Palestinian Authority had accepted the conditions of the Road Map towards peace in the region.  But despite that, the Israeli had nevertheless taken the decision to remove Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.  The Quartet must move to exercise its international obligation to ensure that the peace plan was implemented.  The United Nations and the wider international community must ensure that Israel did not follow through with its policy.  Oman was duty-bound to warn that Israel’s non-commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian State under the conditions set out in the Road Map would bring about for all a crisis with destructive consequences.

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STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, ...

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The continued deterioration of the situation in the Middle East was another area of concern, he said, expressing regret that a lasting solution remained elusive despite various initiatives and efforts.  The objective of establishing a viable Palestinian State, as envisaged in United Nations resolutions, should not be lost.  Moreover, in order to ensure a durable solution to the conflict, it was important to take full account of the right of Israel to exist within safe and secure borders.  ...

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ANTANAS VALIONIS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, ...

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He said that current setbacks in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians must not preclude the implementation of the Road Map, because the vision of two States living side by side in peace and prosperity remained the only viable option for peace there.

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RABBIE L. NAMALIU, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Papua New Guinea, ...

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Despite the deterioration of the peace process in the Middle East, he called on the parties to maximize restraint and work towards progress.  Fighting and violence would not resolve the conflict.  ...

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MARJATTA RASI (Finland) ... The United Nations system must deliver solutions to such increasingly complicated challenges as Iraq, the Middle East, and coherence between trade and development or financing for development.

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CLIFFORD S. MAMBA (Swaziland) ...

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He went on to highlight the situation in the Middle East, urging both sides to renew commitment to the Road Map, as well as the struggle to outlaw weapons of mass destruction and the need to ensure broad economic growth to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals were achieved.  ...

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LÁSZLÓ KOVÁCS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary, ...

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... The situation in the Middle East was grave and deteriorating, he noted, and, as such, a credible monitoring mechanism was critical.  Israel and the Palestinian Authority should dedicate their efforts to the unconditional implementation of the Road Map.  ...

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JAKAYA M. KIKWETE, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, ...

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The situation in the Middle East, he said, remained a matter of great concern. The Road Map was the most reasonable and viable way of resolving the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and he appealed to the Quartet and the Security Council to do everything possible to put the implementation of the Road Map back on track.

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LAURIE CHAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Solomon Islands, ... He also stressed that a lasting settlement to the crises in the Middle East would have positive effects on international peace and security.  Thus, he supported all efforts to achieve a just and peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, adding that the United Nations must play a crucial role in the overall peace process in the Middle East.

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