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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
6 October 2008


6 October 2008
General Assembly
GA/10763

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

Sixty-third General Assembly
Plenary
20th & 21st Meetings (AM & PM)

UNITED NATIONS MUST TAKE LEAD IN FINDING CONCRETE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CRISES,
SAY SPEAKERS AS ASSEMBLY TAKES UP SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REPORT
Delegates Call Report on Work of Organization ‘Inadequate’,
Cite Failure to Address Current Challenges, Point Way Forward

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Background

The General Assembly met today to take up the Secretary-General’s report on the work of the Organization.

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Statements

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LIU ZHENMIN (CHINA)...

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With the regard to the situation in the Middle East, which he described as the “biggest test for the United Nations”, he said the only feasible way to achieve a comprehensive settlement of that crisis was to conduct political negotiations on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions and the principle of “land for peace”, in order to settle disputes and realize the peaceful coexistence between Israel and all Arab States, including an independent Palestinian State.  He hoped that the leaders of both Israel and Palestine would maintain the momentum dialogue, and also supported a bigger role of the United Nations on Middle East question.

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MAGED ABDELAZIZ ( Egypt)...

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Continuing, he equally called for strengthening the United Nations dispute settlement capability, in preventive diplomacy and its peacekeeping missions, and enhancing the role of the Department of Political Affairs in those two fields.  Urging an enhanced United Nations role in the diplomatic Quartet to achieve comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli dispute, he also said the roles of the Peacebuilding Commission, Peacebuilding Support Office and Peacebuilding Fund should be enhanced in a more coordinated framework.

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HAMIDON ALI (Malaysia)...

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He went on to note, among other things, that some troop contributing countries were “left out of the loop” in terms of communication and information amid the restructuring in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to streamline activities for a more effective delivery; that the number of cases of malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases was still increasing; and that the human rights of the Palestinian people continued to be violated.  The Organization needed to act quietly and effectively to find comprehensive solutions to those challenges.

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