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The meeting was called to order at 10.05 a.m.
Agenda item 166 (continued )
Measures to eliminate international terrorism
Report of the Secretary-General (A/56/160 and Corr.1 and Add.1)
Mr. Wehbe (Syrian Arab Republic) (spoke in Arabic ): Mr. President, it is a pleasure for me to congratulate you on your election as President of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly. I am convinced that your previous posts in your country and the respect you enjoy will facilitate your task of guiding the work of this session to the desired success.
Foreign occupation is indeed one of the most appalling forms of terrorism. Therefore, resistance to such occupation, including Israeli occupation, is legitimate — all the more so since in that occupation an attempt is being made to take advantage of the present situation and the present state of grief to crush the will of the Palestinian people to liberate themselves. The continuation of the occupation requires the international community to act immediately to put an end to it. This must be done in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international resolutions, and in compliance with the noble and moral religious values and principles that forbid the murder of civilians and innocent people in conformity with the principles of international law, which is based on the principle of cooperation among peoples for the establishment of just peace.
The Syrian Arab Republic has acceded to numerous regional and international conventions concerning the war on terrorism. At present, my country is considering and making efforts to ratify other relevant conventions through our available constitutional and legislative means. We believe that terrorism must be defined and that its root causes must be dealt with. It must not be dealt with as a transient phenomenon; the underlying causes must be dealt with. The international community is called upon to rejuvenate the peace process in the Middle East, a process that has been blocked by Israel because of the continuation of its occupation of the Arab territories, the settlements and its rejection of all relevant Security Council resolutions, aimed at establishing a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.
The meeting rose at 1.15 p.m.