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His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir

23 September 2008

Statement Summary

HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI, Amir of Qatar, called for “positive peace” and encouraged Member States to achieve world peace through conscious, positive acts and not just “wishful thinking”.  Remarking that the past 60 years of wars and conflicts took place “on all continents and territories”; he noted how peace had remained elusive with the past practice of “positive neutrality”.  Since political rights of nations were established on the basis of international law and by United Nations Charter principles, the achievement of peace in today’s world called for establishing and promoting economic and social justice among all.  “This is what constitutes positive peace,” he said.

“Our new choice, positive peace […] ensured political rights and development,” he continued, stressing that the world could not move forward if its peoples were hindered by political injustice and underdevelopment.  In closing, he mentioned the Follow-up International Conference on Financing Development, which Qatar was set to host, and requested high-level participation in hopes that international cooperation there would offer “the broadest base possible for political as well as social peace”.

[Source: GA/10749]

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