SecGen report on the work of the Organization/Question of Palestine – GA general debate – Verbatim record (excerpts)

Official Records


General Assembly 

Sixty-fifth session 


26th plenary meeting 

Tuesday, 5 October 2010, 3 p.m. 

New York 


Mr. Deiss  …………………………………………………………….. 


In the absence of the President, Mr. Ndong Mba (Equatorial Guinea), Vice-President, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.

Agenda item 108 (continued)

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/65/1)

 General debate


Mr. Sangqu (South Africa): …


The United Nations must continue to work towards the attainment of a lasting and peaceful settlement in the Middle East. While the first few rounds of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks held during September 2010 appeared to demonstrate a clear intention by both parties to effectively move the peace process forward, my Government has noted with serious concern that the partial moratorium imposed by the Israeli Government in November 2009 on the further construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank has not been renewed.  We call on the Israeli Government to honour its previous international commitments by putting an end to all further settlement construction in the Palestinian West Bank indefinitely. In so doing, Israel would demonstrate its serious intention to bring about the establishment of a viable and fully independent Palestinian State, existing side by side in peace with Israel within internationally recognized borders. The people of Palestine have for too long had their dreams dashed by half-hearted measures and by each new peace process that fails to deliver a viable and fully independent Palestinian State.


The meeting rose at 4.15 p.m.

This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room U-506. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum. 

Document symbol: A/65/PV.26
Document Type: Meeting record
Document Sources: General Assembly
Country: South Africa
Subject: Palestine question, Peace process, Settlements, Statehood-related
Publication Date: 05/10/2010

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