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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations, New York, 4 June 2010

Fire incident in Bangladesh

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki has learned with deep sadness the tragic news of the fire incident that has resulted in the loss of over 115 lives and injuries to many others. On behalf of all Member States and on his own behalf, the President of the General Assembly sends his prayers and condolences to the bereaved family members and to the people and the Government of Bangladesh on this tragedy.

Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity

In response to questions by correspondents seeking his views on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, the President of the General Assembly expressed his support for human rights for all persons without any distinction or discrimination. The President of the General Assembly believes that violence, or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is unacceptable.

Security Council reform

Member States met on 2 and 3 June for the fifth round of the inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council reform to begin consideration of the text prepared by Ambassador Zahir Tanin, the chair of the inter-governmental negotiations.  Ambassador Tanin will brief the press here on Tuesday, 8 June at 2.00 p.m.