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        General Assembly
26 September 2006

Official Records

General Assembly
Sixty-first session
21st plenary meeting
Tuesday, 26 September 2006, 3 p.m.

New York

President:Ms. Al-Khalifa .................................................................................(Bahrain)

General debate

The President: I now call on His Excellency The Honourable Sato Kilman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu.

Mr. Kilman (Vanuatu): ...


On the question of the Middle East, both Israel and Palestine have the right to live side by side in peaceful coexistence as independent and sovereign States. The international community must be realistic about the future. Let us allow justice, security and long-lasting peace to prevail for both the Israeli people and the Palestinians.


The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Eamon Courtenay, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize.

Mr. Courtenay (Belize): ...


We are reminded that the primary responsibility of the Security Council is the maintenance of international peace and security. The Charter, in giving that mandate, specifies that the conferral of that responsibility is to ensure prompt and effective action when required. But as we have seen with the delayed reaction to the recent events in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories, the Council failed to discharge its mandate. The situation in the Middle East necessitates prompt and effective action.


The Acting President (spoke in Spanish): I call on His Excellency Mr. Charles Savarin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Labour and the Public Service of Dominica.

Mr. Savarin (Dominica): ...


The situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Darfur, and the Middle East continue to occupy our attention. Regarding the unfortunate devastation caused by the war between Israel and Hizbollah, we believe that Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) is a good basis for a future peaceful relationship between Israel and Lebanon, and we urge both countries and the neighbouring States to abide by the provisions of that resolution. The Commonwealth of Dominica has stated before in this forum that the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian State alongside the State of Israel, both with secure and defensible borders recognized by the international community.


The meeting rose at 7 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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