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        General Assembly
26 September 2012

Official Records
General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
9th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 9 a.m.
New York

President: Mr. Jeremić ...........................................................(Serbia)

In the absence of the President, Mr. Salam (Lebanon), Vice-President, took the Chair.


The Acting President (spoke in Arabic): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


It has been more than six decades since the General Assembly, which I have the honour to address today, issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is deplorable that, after all these years, many nations still suffer violations of their rights and dignity. The Palestinian people have been subjected to a gruesome escalation of Israeli violence. Israeli settlements are expanding, innocent Palestinians are maimed, activists are besieged, prisoners and detainees are oppressed and the attempts of the Israeli side to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque are continuing. That requires a stronger role and a more united and effective presence of the United Nations and its various agencies against Israeli arrogance and flouting of the resolutions of the international community and its rejection of all peaceful proposals and initiatives.


The Acting President (spoke in Arabic): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.


Luxembourg has consistently advocated a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That conflict has been going on for far too long. It is essential that the parties resume direct negotiations and negotiate a sustainable peace among themselves, with the support of the Quartet. The path will no doubt be arduous, but the objective is worth it for the Israelis, the Palestinians and the region as a whole. We would like to see an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security.

Luxembourg has for many years now supported the building of the Palestinian State at both the political and the economic levels. We also support Palestine’s aspirations to assume its place among the nations of the world. We provide financial support to the Palestinian Authority in order to assist it in making its public administration and basic social services work, and we are also a reliable partner of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Under an agreement signed in February 2012, Luxembourg will provide assistance in the amount of €15 million to Palestine refugees throughout the period 2012-2015.


The Acting President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


Ghana has a strong belief in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Under the principle of the self-determination of peoples, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country to emerge from colonial domination. Our nation’s founding father, Mr. Kwame Nkrumah, proclaimed that the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the African continent. In keeping with that right of self-determination, we wish to restate our support for an independent, prosperous Palestinian State, coexisting peacefully with a free, stable Israeli State.


The Acting President (spoke in Arabic): On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and to invite him to address the Assembly.


The first issue that the global community must exert all efforts to resolve, on the basis of justice and dignity, is the Palestinian cause. Many decades have passed since the Palestinian people expressed their desire to regain their full rights and build their independent State, with Jerusalem as its capital. Despite the continued struggle of the people via all legitimate means to attain their rights, and despite the acceptance by their representatives of the resolutions adopted by the international community as a basis for resolving problems, this issue of international legitimacy has to date, unfortunately, remained without a resolution to achieve the hopes and aspirations of the Palestinian people. And the resolutions agreed on the issue remain far from implementation.

The fruits of dignity and freedom must not remain out of reach of the brotherly Palestinian people. It is shameful that the free world has accepted, without regard to the justifications provided, the continued denial, by a member of the international community, of the rights of a nation that, for decades, has longed for independence. It is also disgraceful that settlement activities have continued in the Palestinian territories, along with the delay in implementing decisions of international legitimacy.

Proceeding from the perspective of defending truth, freedom and dignity, and from my duty to support our Palestinian brothers and sisters, I place the international community face to face with its obligatory responsibilities requiring the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace, an end to all forms of occupation of Arab land and the implementation of relevant international resolutions. I call for immediate and significant measures to put an end to occupation, settlement activities and any alteration to the identity of occupied Jerusalem.

I call for peace that will establish a sovereign Palestinian State and achieve the security and stability long sought by the peoples of the region. On the same basis, I assure the Assembly of Egypt’s full support of any course of action that Palestine decides to follow in the United Nations.

I call upon all Member States, just as they have supported the revolutions of the Arab peoples, to extend their support to the Palestinians and their endeavour to recover the full and legitimate rights of a people struggling to regain its freedom and establish an independent State of Palestine, based on the inalienable rights of the Palestinians.

We are determined to work to pursue all efforts of the Palestinian people, in support of them and side by side until they freely regain all rights for all segments and communities of the population.


Agenda item 8 (continued)

General debate

Address by the Right Honourable Mr. David
Cameron, Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Acting President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Holding Islamists to account must also mean that if they attempt to undermine the stability of other countries, encourage terrorism instead of peace or promote conflict instead of partnership, we will oppose them. That is why Iran will continue to face the full force of sanctions and scrutiny from the United Nations until it gives up its ambitions to spread a nuclear shadow over the world. It is also why we should not waver from our insistence that Hamas give up violence. Hamas must not be allowed to dictate the way forward. Palestinians should have the chance to fulfil the same aspirations for a job and a voice as others in the region, and we support their right to have a State and a home. And Israelis should be able to fulfil their own aspirations to live in peace and security with their neighbours.


Address by His Highness Sheikh Jaber
Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Prime
Minister of the State of Kuwait

The Acting President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.


Mr. Roman-Morey (Peru), Vice-President, took the Chair.


The continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories testifies to the inability of the international community to come up with solutions that will put an end to the plight of the Palestinian people. The Israeli Government, in gross violation of international conventions and norms, persists in its intransigence and illegal policies through its expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as through its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Those actions do not help the cause of the just and lasting peace we desire in the Middle East. We therefore demand that the international community, represented by the Security Council, put pressure on Israel and compel it to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy, the principle of land for peace, the Quartet’s road map and the Arab Peace Initiative, so as to guarantee the establishment of the Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the total Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories occupied since 4 June 1967.


The President returned to the Chair.


Address by Ms. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of
the Commonwealth of Australia

The President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.


There must also be change in the Middle East peace process. Australia shares the frustration of the parties at the current impasse.

We understand the strong desire of the Palestinian people for national self-determination. Australia is resolutely committed to the establishment of a Palestinian State that is both independent and viable. That is why we provide significant support to the foundations of a future Palestinian State and build its infrastructure and economy. More than $300 million in aid has been provided for the period from 2011 to 2016.

We commend the genuine progress President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad have made in building the institutions and infrastructure for statehood. And no one can doubt Australia’s close and continuing friendship with Israel. Our support for the right of Israel and its people to exist in security and peace is a historic commitment in Australian policy, and it will endure.

We urge a return to direct negotiations and that those negotiations be between the two parties. That is the only durable basis for achieving a two-State solution. The present impasse must be overcome. Both sides need to make compromises and avoid provocations. It will take sacrifice on both sides to settle complex and difficult issues such as settlements, borders, security and Jerusalem. The Israeli and Palestinian people deserve no less.


The meeting rose at 4 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 U-506. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

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