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Source: General Assembly
2 October 2007


General Assembly
GA/10627

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGIES, NON-PROLIFERATION, ‘CREDIBLE DETERRENCE’, CONFLICTS
IN HORN OF AFRICA AMONG TOPICS AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE NEARS CONCLUSION


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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue its annual General Debate.

Statements

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BASILE IKOUEBE, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and La Francaphonie, Congo, ...

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On other issues of global concern, he said that his Government had always favoured peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as conflicts in the wider Middle East.  He hoped that the upcoming November conference on the Middle East peace process yielded positive results.  ...

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ABDULLA SHAHID, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, ...

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... He reiterated his support for the rights of the Palestinian people to an independent homeland, continued efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq and Afghanistan, and his steadfast opposition to the development, proliferation or use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.  ...

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S.R. INSANALLY, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, ...

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Similarly, in the area of peace and security there was blatant disregard for the rule of law on the part of many States who fanned the flames of conflict in many parts of the world to suit their national interest, he said.  Millions suffered, in Darfur, Palestine and elsewhere as a consequence.  ...

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RIAZ MOHAMMAD KHAN, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, ...

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Conflict in the Middle East was fundamentally linked to the Palestinian issue, he continued, noting that security could not be ensured by denying Palestinians their freedom.  Salvation could be found in what Arab nations had proposed in Beirut five years ago and Pakistan supported that position.  Palestinian people should be enabled to establish their own State, consistent with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), and the Arab Peace Plan.  Israel must also withdraw from other Occupied Arab Territories and respect the sovereign integrity of Lebanon.  ...

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LISA SHOMAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, ...

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... She also supported the realization of a two-State solution to the question of Palestine.  ...

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ANDERS LIDÉN (Sweden) ...

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In the Middle East, parallel action by Israelis and Palestinians was needed, he said.  Nothing was more important for Israel’s long-term security than a truly viable Palestinian State.  Now was the time for a true peace process, and not an incremental one.  The upcoming international meeting would be of crucial importance.  ...

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