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President: The Hon. Julian R. Hunte..............................................(Saint Lucia)
The meeting was called to order at 3 p.m.
Agenda item 9 (continued)
The President: I now call on His Excellency Mr. László Kovács, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary.
Mr. Kovács (Hungary): ...
Hungary is deeply concerned by the grave and deteriorating situation in the Middle East. We believe that the implementation of the road map is the only framework for reaching a political settlement. An effective and credible monitoring mechanism is of critical importance to that effect. The Quartet should carry on with its mission in the peace process. We call upon both the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority to dedicate all their efforts to the full and unconditional implementation of the road map.
The President: I now call on His Excellency The Honourable Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Mr. Kikwete (United Republic of Tanzania): ...
The situation in the Middle East remains a matter of great concern to my Government. When the Middle East road map for peace was promulgated a few months ago, we became hopeful. My Government supported it because it addressed comprehensively the issue of the establishment of a viable Palestinian State, living side by side and in peace with Israel. Despite the current difficulties, we still believe that the road map is the most reasonable and viable way of resolving the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict. It is imperative, therefore, that the obstacles on the road map be overcome quickly. Violence and counter-violence will not help.
We are also of the view that the use of excessive force and recourse to extrajudicial measures in dealing with Palestinian militants, or exiling President Yasser Arafat, would be counterproductive; it would inflame the situation. We appeal to the Quartet and the Security Council to do everything possible to bring the implementation of the road map back on track.
Mr. Lamba (Malawi), Vice-President, took the Chair.
The Acting President: I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Laurie Chan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Solomon Islands.
Mr. Chan (Solomon Islands): ...
Solomon Islands believes that a lasting settlement of the crisis in the Middle East will have positive effects on global peace and security. We therefore support the efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to the region, especially to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the situation in Iraq. The United Nations must play a crucial role in the Middle East peace process.
The Acting President : I now give the floor to Mr. Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Chairman of the delegation of Luxembourg.
Mr. Hoscheit (Luxembourg) (spoke in French ): ...
Year after year, the General Assembly must address the situation in the Middle East, particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because progress towards a just and lasting peace remains difficult. Even faced with a resumption of tension and repeated acts of violence and terrorism, which we emphatically reject, we have a duty and responsibility to persevere in the search for solutions that will enable reconciliation among the States and peoples of the region. The search for peace must be tireless. The European Union remains prepared and determined to play its role, especially through its action in the Quartet. We remain convinced that the course charted by the road map remains the right way to break the current impasse. But all players who are directly involved must display good will and good faith in re-launching the peace process by creating the indispensable conditions of confidence and security. That is the urgent appeal that we make to them, that is the urgent task that we must undertake.
The meeting rose at 5.35 p.m.
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