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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
26 September 2012

General Assembly
GA/11294

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

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Plenary
9th, 10th & 11th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)


WORLD LEADERS IN ANNUAL DEBATE COMMEND DEMOCRATIC TRANSFORMATIONS, ARTICULATE WAYS

TO RESTORE GLOBAL LANDSCAPE SCARRED BY CONFLICT, INSTABILITY, INTOLERANCE

International Community Asked Not to Turn Its Back
On Volatile Regions, But to Redouble Support to All Fleeing Tyranny

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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue the general debate of its sixty-seventh session.

Statements

ABDRABUH MANSOUR HADI MANSOUR, President of Yemen, ...

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Concluding, he said that it was deplorable that six decades after the General Assembly issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many nations still suffered human rights violations, such as the Palestinian people by the Israeli Government’s activities, the violence against thousands of civilians in Syria and the “racial cleansing” of Muslims in Myanmar. ...

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HENRI, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, ...

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... The Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been “going on too long” and that it was essential for parties to start anew with direct negotiations toward a sustainable peace. His country had for many years supported the political and economic development of the Palestinian State, including financial support to the Palestinian Authority and contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), among others. Further, between 2012 and 2015, Luxembourg would provide assistance in the amount of €15 million to Palestine refugees.

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JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, President of Ghana, ...

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... As for situations of concern outside the continent, he said that Ghana supported the creation of an independent Palestinian State, coexisting peacefully with a stable and secure Israel. ...

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MOHAMED MORSY, President of Egypt, ...

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... The “new Egypt” was determined to regain its standing among nations, assume an effective role in global issues. Egypt’s involvement in Arab, Islamic and African issues was the reflection of the essential role it played in defence of interconnected fates and interlinked interests and values. In that vein, long decades had passed since the Palestinian people expressed their longing for their full rights and for building their independent State, with Jerusalem as its capital. It was shameful that the free world accepted, regardless of the justifications provided, that a member of the international community continued to deny the rights of a nation that had been longing for decades for independence. It was also disgraceful that settlement activities continued in the territories of those people, along with the delay in implementing the decisions of international legitimacy. He called, in that regard, for the immediate and significant measures to put an end to colonization, settlement activities, and the alteration in the identity of Occupied Jerusalem.

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JABER AL MUBARAK AL HAMAD AL SABAH, Prime Minister of Kuwait, ...

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... On Israel, he said that country’s continued occupation of the Palestinian territories represented a testament to the inability of the international community to find solutions that would end the plight of the Palestinian people. Kuwait, therefore, “demanded” of the international community, represented by the Security Council, to pressure Israel and subject it to the resolutions of international legitimacy, the principle of land for peace, the Road Map, as well as the Arab Peace Initiative that would guarantee the establishment of the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the total Israeli withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied after 4 June 1967.

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JULIA GILLARD, Prime Minister of Australia, ...

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... the impasse in the Middle East needed to change. In that regard, she called for direct negotiations to be resumed towards both the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian State and Israel’s right to exist in security and peace. “Both sides need to make compromises” and sacrifices, she stated. ...

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King MSWATI III of Swaziland ...

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... He also called for a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in line with the two-State vision.

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