Official Records

General Assembly 

Sixty-eighth session 

8th plenary meeting 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 9 a.m. 

New York 

 

  

President: 

Mr. Ashe  …………………………………………………..

(Antigua and Barbuda) 

 In the absence of the President, Mr. Touré (Guinea), Vice-President, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 9.15 a.m.

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The President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Taur Matan Ruak, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

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We commend the decision of the leaders of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume direct talks under the auspices of the United States Government. Timor-Leste supports the right of the peoples of Palestine and Israel to live side by side in peace, with dignity and in safety. We hope that the peace talks already initiated may at last lead to a solution with two sovereign States coexisting in an environment of mutual respect and rejecting extremism and violence. We condemn the building of settlements in the occupied territories and all unilateral initiatives contrary to resolutions of the United Nations.

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The President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

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In its capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Senegal is following the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. It is a courageous and responsible act because it translates the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living within secure and internationally recognized borders. We therefore call for a halt to acts likely to affect that perspective, notably the ongoing establishment of settlements on Palestinian land by the Israeli Government.

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The Acting President: On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honour to welcome to the United Nations His Excellency Mr. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, and to invite him to address the Assembly.

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With regard to the situation in the Middle East, we welcome the relaunching of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and strongly encourage the different parties to work towards a peaceful solution to the conflict in order to reach a fair and equitable solution based on the recognition of a Palestinian State living in perfect harmony with Israel.

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The Acting President: I have great pleasure in welcoming His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, and inviting him to address the General Assembly.

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Turning to the Middle East region, Palestine is still facing chronic challenges that have disrupted the vision of a future based on development and regional and international cooperation. The political and security conditions in the region have also been disrupted by the lack of confidence created by Israel’s continued policy of building illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian lands, its continued siege of the Gaza Strip and the detention of thousands of Palestinians and their imprisonment in subhuman conditions, in contravention of the most basic rules of international humanitarian law. Such practices reached their peak after Palestine received Observer State status in the Organization.

In this regard, we reiterate that only the international community will be able to find the difficult formula for peace. We value in this respect the ongoing efforts of the United States of America to achieve a breakthrough in the peace process and hope that persistent efforts and pressure on Israel will make it accept the resolutions of international legitimacy.

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The meeting rose at 2 p.m.

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