Middle East peace process – GA general debate, US, France statements – Verbatim record (excerpts)

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General Assembly
Sixty-second session

4th plenary meeting
Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 9 a.m.
New York


Mr. Kerim  ………………………………………………………………………

(The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Agenda item 109

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/62/1)


The Secretary-General (spoke in French): …


Peace in the Middle East is vital to the stability of the region and the world. We know what is required — an end to violence, an end to occupation, the creation of a Palestinian State at peace with itself and Israel, and a comprehensive regional peace between Israel and the Arab world.

With renewed leadership from the Arab world and the United States, coupled with the efforts of the Quartet representative, Mr. Tony Blair, the elements for a renewed push for peace are being brought together.


Agenda item 8

General debate


Address by Mr. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America

The President: The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the United States of America.


The United States salutes the nations that have recently taken strides towards liberty, including Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Morocco. The Palestinian territories have moderate leaders — mainstream leaders — who are working to build free institutions that fight terror, enforce the law and respond to the needs of their people. The international community must support these leaders so that we can advance the vision of two democratic States — Israel and Palestine — living side by side in peace and security.


Address by Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic

The President (spoke in French): The Assembly will now hear an address by the President of the French Republic.


… Tomorrow we hope that Israelis and Palestinians will find within themselves the strength to live in peace. Peace is possible. It is possible now. And we will devote all of our energies to that.


The meeting rose at 1.30 p.m.

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