Question of Palestine home
29 September 1995
th plenary meeting
Friday, 29 September 1995, 10 a.m.
: Mr. Freitas do Amaral ................................................................. (Portugal)
The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.
Agenda item 9
Address by Dato' Seri Mr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia
The Assembly will first hear a statement by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Dato' Seri Mr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, was escorted to the rostrum.
I have great pleasure in welcoming the Prime Minister of Malaysia, His Excellency Dato' Seri Mr. Mahathir Mohamad, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.
Fortunately, in Palestine, another historical flash point, efforts continue to be made towards durable peace. That peace process must result in a Palestinian homeland, a viable State at peace with its neighbours. The attempts to weaken the present Palestinian leadership by undermining its credibility will only result in the rise of extremism and a protracted and bloody intra- Palestinian conflict which will spill over into Israel and elsewhere.
The Acting President:
The next speaker is the Chairman of the delegation of Uruguay, His Excellency Mr. Jorge Pérez-Otermin, on whom I now call.
interpretation from Spanish
There is no doubt that the road to peace may present extraordinary difficulties but it is never blocked entirely, as may be seen from the negotiations to put an end to the long and exhausting crisis in the Middle East. We must warmly congratulate those who have decided to replace weapons with constructive dialogue, and express our admiration for the intelligence with which these negotiations are being conducted, especially the persistence and inspiration with which the parties attempt to overcome, not only the extreme complexity of the problem, but also, above all, the violent opposition which has tried to sabotage the peace process, resorting to the most cowardly and inhumane of means. The results are still far from satisfactory but they are also far from being negligible. The international community is also duty-bound to encourage these efforts. This General Assembly can contribute to this by avoiding including in its resolutions on this item language which may have been appropriate in the past, but which may be irritating at a time when a genuine spirit of peace prevails among all the authorities concerned.
The instruments for the second phase of the interim agreement on Palestinian self-rule has been another landmark in the peace process, which the parties in question have been promoting with great resolve. With the signing of this historic agreement in Washington, we can say that we are closer to lasting peace in that tormented region.
The Acting President:
I call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, His Excellency Mr. Josef Zieleniec.
(Czech Republic): ...
It is particularly auspicious to address the General Assembly this week — a day after the signing, in Washington, of a bulky, carefully crafted and long-argued-over agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the second stage of Palestinian autonomy; and a few days after the signing, here in New York, of a much slimmer, much more tentative and much more general set of additional principles for peace in the South Slav States, which, nevertheless, we hope, represents the next step towards peace in that area as well.
I now call on Her Excellency, Mrs. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria.
In the Middle East, long and arduous negotiations have now led to an important breakthrough. We applaud as a major step towards final peace and cooperation in the region yesterday's signing of the agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on the transfer of authority.
I now call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy, Her Excellency Mrs. Susanna Agnelli.
In the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Italy applauds the determination and courage of Prime Minister Rabin, Foreign Minister Peres and Chairman Arafat in reaching yesterday's agreement on the second stage of self-government. Every effort should be made to implement it, starting with the holding of democratic elections in the Palestinian territories as soon as possible. Italy will continue its commitment to provide economic support to the Palestinian people.
Other situations in the Middle East give rise instead to tension and instability. We must contribute ideas and initiatives to efforts aimed at defusing these tensions and encouraging dialogue between opposing forces, except those whose programme and policy are violence. At the same time, Italy expects those countries trapped in self-inflicted isolation to engage in a constructive dialogue with the international community.
The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.
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