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H.E. Mr. Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

27 September 2008

Statement Summary

SAYYID BADR BIN HAMAD AL BUSAIDI, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, said that economic development and trade had contributed greatly to the creation of bridges of communication for the mutual benefit of nations.  The existing trade system, however, was in dire need of a vision and systems that would keep pace with economic transformations and newly emerging economic entities, in order to capable of maintain the balance of the global economy and cater to the needs of developing countries.

The industrial countries needed to mitigate trade restrictions on the exports of developing countries, while the World Trade Organization should play a more active role towards the removal of such trade restrictions and the application of appropriate policies so as to create a free trade environment, he observed.  While welcoming the World Trade Organization’s invitation to hold another round of trade negotiations in the context of the Doha Development Agenda, he emphasized that such negotiations should rely on the laws of the World Trade Organization, which were rooted in equity and justice.

On the situation in Palestine, he criticized the harsh Israeli policies represented by the closure of crossing points, erection of checkpoints and the perpetuation of settlements, which, he said, made the daily lives of Palestinians difficult.  He urged the international community to intensify its efforts to make Israel shoulder its responsibilities, in view of the importance and the ultimate inevitability of a peace settlement as the only option for joint and peaceful coexistence between the region’s peoples.  At the same time, Oman’s commitment to peace was a fundamental and strategic one, in the realization that peace was a collective responsibility that had to be shouldered by the international community without weakness, regardless of the difficulties that might be encountered.

He believed that what had been achievement so far towards Lebanese conciliation was cause for optimism, and while praising the efforts of Qatar and all the other Arab States and the Arab league, he urged all Lebanese parties to commit to and implement the Doha Agreement in order to safeguard the higher interests of the Lebanese people.

Concerning the situation in Iraq, he expressed Oman’s satisfaction with the relative improvement in the security situation there and hoped that such improvement would continue until all parts of the country became stable.  He similarly noted the situation in the Sudanese region of Darfur, welcomed the steps being taken by the Sudanese Government, in cooperation with the African Union and the Arab League, to establish peace and stability in the region, and called on the international community to support those efforts in a way that would assist the Sudanese reach a national consensus.  Further, he called for a halt to the fighting in Somalia.

He encouraged the continuation of negotiations between Iran and other States on the contentious Iranian nuclear issue, in the hope that those efforts would result in an agreement that maintained Iran’s right to make use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, while eliminating the concerns of some States regarding that country’s nuclear programme.

[Source: GA/10757]


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