League of Arab States

Statement Summary

AHMED ABOUL GHEIT, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, affirmed there is no way to meet grave global challenges save through multilateral international action, and the United Nations with all its pros and cons, points of weakness and strength, remains the primary rostrum to save future generations from the scourge of war.  As the United Nations is the product of the political will of its Member States, he acknowledged the Secretary-General’s ambitious plans to develop the Organization and promote its working machineries to cope with the challenges facing the world.  Given the colossal pressures on the international system, he reiterated the League’s commitment to the principles of the Charter, including peaceful settlement of disputes and refraining from use of force or interference in the affairs of others.  Among the challenges facing Arab States, the United Nations must address the main question of Palestine and end Israel’s occupation, establishing a sovereign State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.