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Source: General Assembly
25 September 2006


General Assembly
GA/10507

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

Sixty-first General Assembly
Plenary
18th & 19th Meetings (AM & PM)

AFRICAN STATES SAY CONFLICT GREATEST OBSTACLE TO CONTINENT'S DEVELOPMENT,

AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEBATE ENTERS SECOND WEEK
 
Call for Assistance from International Community in Bolstering
Fragile Peace Treaties, Securing Conditions for Long-Term Development


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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue the general debate of its sixty-first session.  For background, see Press Release GA/10500 of 19 September.

Statements

THONGLOUN SISOULITH, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, ...

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...  On other United Nations issues, he called upon the United States to end its embargoes on Cuba, and urgent implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 to bring the situation in Lebanon to normalcy and pave the way for a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian problem.  ...

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HOR NAMHONG, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, ...

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Turning to other issues, he said that peace in the Middle East would be better guaranteed only when the leaders of Palestine and Israel had the courage, wisdom and the realization that they could not continue to destroy each other forever, but must work together for a lasting peace in the region.  ...

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JEAN PING, Minister of State, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and la Francophonie of Gabon and former President of the Assembly, ...

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He said that the recent violent conflict in the Middle East had demonstrated how important it was to establish lasting peace, based on the principle of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace.  In that regard, he supported the organization of an international conference on the Middle East.  ...

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JOY OGWU, Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria, speaking on behalf of President Olesegun Obasanjo, ...

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Calling on the international community to redouble counter-terrorism efforts and make a greater commitment to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, she noted the landmark convention on small arms adopted by ECOWAS in June, which banned arms transfers to the non-State actors largely responsible for political instability in her subregion. ...

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HASSAN WIRAJUDA, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, ...

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The problem of Palestine lay at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, he continued.  There were no military solutions to the problem, as military might could never guarantee security.  There could only be a two-State solution, with both parties taking concrete measures to lay down the foundations of peace.  He appealed to the Council to act quickly on the issue, saying that Muslims everywhere had a strong emotional reaction to what they perceived to be the oppression and humiliation of their Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan “co-religionists”.  ...

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M. MOHAMMED BEDJAOUI, Minister of State, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, noted that the foundations of the United Nations had been tested by recent grave developments in the Middle East.  The violence hurled at Palestinian and Lebanese people pointed an accusing finger at the limitations imposed on the authority of the United Nations in the face of conflict situations, which ran contrary to the “raison d’être” of the institution.  A wave of frustration was rising at the powerlessness of the United Nations to support the most elementary aspirations of the Palestinian and Lebanese people.  ...

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MICHAEL FRENDO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, ...

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Global peace and security were constantly threatened by destructive and violent events, he said.  Particular attention must be paid, therefore, to the prolonged impasse that had thwarted the work of the Conference on Disarmament, as that impasse was endangering the multilateral mechanisms talked with fostering peace, security and cooperation.  Regarding the Middle East, he said that Malta respected and supported the aspirations of the Palestinian people for nationhood and dignity, and, in equal measure, respected and supported the aspirations of the Israeli people to live in peace within secure borders.  Those two aspirations were mutually compatible and achievable with a strict and abiding respect for the rules and norms of international law.

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ABDURRAHMAN MOHAMED SHALGHAM, Secretary to the General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation of Libya, ...

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On the issue of Palestine, he reiterated that any proposed solution that imposed the status quo would not resolve the Palestinian question or bring peace to the region.  Regarding the conflict in Lebanon, there was a need for urgent action to compel the occupation forces to withdraw from the Shebaa Farms region.  ...

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H.E. LE CONG PHUNG, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, ...

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As peace and socio-political stability were indispensable to development, it was imperative that countries cooperate to settle disputes through dialogue and abandon the use of force, he said.  Of particular concern were the situations concerning the nuclear issues in the Korean peninsula and Iran, as well as the crisis in the Middle East.  His Government supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for their inalienable rights and called for the implementation of resolution 1701.

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