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        General Assembly
9 October 2008

Original: English

Sixty-third session
Agenda items 15, 16, 19, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51,
52, 53, 54, 57, 65, 70, 107, 117, 118, 120 and 122

The situation in the Middle East
Question of Palestine
Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial
embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba
Report of the Economic and Social Council
Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up
to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences
and summits in the economic, social and related fields
Macroeconomic policy questions
Follow-up to and implementation of the outcome of the
2002 International Conference on Financing for Development
and the preparation of the 2008 Review Conference
Sustainable development
Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations
Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and
strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements
Programme (UN-Habitat)
Globalization and interdependence
Groups of countries in special situations
Eradication of poverty and other development issues
Operational activities for development
New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in
implementation and international support
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance
Oceans and the law of the sea
Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit
Review of the efficiency of the administrative and
financial functioning of the United Nations
Programme budget for the biennium 2008-2009
Improving the financial situation of the United Nation
Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the
expenses of the United Nations
(Signed) John W. Ashe
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of
Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations
Chairman of the Group of 77
Annex to the letter dated 3 October 2008 from the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

Ministerial Declaration adopted at the thirty-second annual meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77

New York, 26 September 2008


The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China met in New York, at the United Nations Headquarters, on 26 September 2008 on the occasion of their Thirty-second Annual Meeting. The Ministers reviewed the progress of the world economy and the challenges in economic development and social progress of developing countries, and adopted the following Declaration:


59. The Ministers reiterated their call for the immediate withdrawal of Israel, the occupying Power, from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of 4 June 1967 and from other occupied Arab territories. They reaffirmed their support for the Middle East peace process, begun in Madrid in 1991, aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 425 (1978) and the principle of land for peace. In this context, they also reaffirmed their support for the Arab Peace Initiative adopted at the Arab Summit in Beirut, renewed by the Arab Summits held in Riyadh in March 2007 and in Damascus in March 2008, and for all the positive efforts being exerted in this regard, including the Annapolis Conference held on 27 November 2007.

60. The Ministers condemned the ongoing Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian people in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which has resulted in the loss of civilian lives and the vast destruction of Palestinian properties, infrastructure and agricultural lands. The Ministers expressed deep concern about the further decline of the social and economic conditions of the Palestinian people, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, as a result of the illegal Israeli practices, including its illegitimate construction of settlements, the wall and bypass roads and the imposition of closures. They called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to cease immediately all illegal measures impairing the Palestinian economy, including, in particular, restrictions on the movement of persons and goods throughout, into and out of the Occupied Territory and to release all remaining tax revenues due to the Palestinian Authority and to make reparation for all damages caused to Palestinian properties, institutions and infrastructure. They reiterated their call upon the international community to continue providing much needed developmental and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people during this critical period.


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