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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament, represented by Mr. Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, President, Mr. Daniel Serrano Coronado, Mr. Alexandre Saez Jubero, Mr. Aitor Esteban Bravo, and Ms. Ana Aizpuru Segura

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 8 October 2013

PGA John w Ashe with Mr. Josep Antoni Duran LleidaThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament, represented by Mr. Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, President, Mr. Daniel Serrano Coronado, Mr. Alexandre Saez Jubero, Mr. Aitor Esteban Bravo, and Ms. Ana Aizpuru Segura. The President and the Commissioners addressed a range of issues in the area of development, reform of the United Nations, peace and security and prospects for a new resolution to address the persecution of minorities.

On the outlook for the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Ashe shared the steps underway toward development of the broad set of goals to be completed by the seventieth session, a process which will not only address the unmet Millennium Development Goals, but other goals to be determined by Member States for a new global development agenda. He discussed the High-level events and thematic debates scheduled during the sixty-eighth session under the overarching theme of the “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!”

On United Nations reform, President Ashe indicated his intention to restart intergovernmental negotiations for Security Council Reform. He discussed the Secretary General’s call for a Geneva II Middle East Peace Conference on Syria; developments relating to the participation of Palestine in the General Assembly; and Iran’s overtures to the international community in respect of its nuclear programme. President Ashe noted that it would be the prerogative of a Member State to bring the issue of the persecution of minorities to the attention of the United Nations in order that the General Assembly may take action, as appropriate, thereon.

President Ashe welcomed the interest of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament and the opportunity to exchange views on important issues before the General Assembly and the United Nations.

John W. Ashe (left) President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly and Mr. Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, President of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament. Photo/Bill Bly