GA High-Level Plenary Meeting – Verbatim record (excerpts)

Official Records

General Assembly
Sixtieth session
6th plenary meeting
Thursday, 15 September 2005, 3 p.m.
New York




El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba   ………………………………

(President of the Gabonese Republic)


Mr. Göran Persson  …………………………………………………

(Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden)



  The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.


Addresses on the occasion of the High-level Plenary Meeting (continued)

 The Co-Chairperson (Sweden) : The Assembly will now hear an address by His Excellency Mr. Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros.

 President Assoumani (spoke in French ): …

  We encourage the efforts undertaken worldwide to promote peace and stability. Specifically, we encourage initiatives undertaken recently in the Middle East. The establishment of a viable Palestinian State is the only means of creating the necessary conditions for harmonious coexistence between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

 The Co-Chairperson (Sweden): The Assembly will now hear an address by His Excellency Mr. Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

 President Chávez Frías (spoke in Spanish ): …

  In January 2005, we attended a meeting of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Various personalities there called for United Nations Headquarters to leave the United States if that country continued to violate international law. Today we know that there were never weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The American people have always been very rigorous in demanding the truth from their leaders, as have the people of the world. There were never weapons of mass destruction. However, in spite of this, and going over the head of the United Nations, Iraq was bombed and occupied, and it continues to be occupied. That is why we propose to this Assembly that the United Nations leave a country that does not respect the very resolutions of this Assembly. Some proposals have suggested the alternative of a Jerusalem converted into an international city. That proposal has the merit of offering a response to the conflict experienced by Palestine, but it may be too thorny and difficult an idea to bring about.

  Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia) (spoke in Arabic ): …

  The realization of peace and security requires adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter, untainted by double standards in the implementation of its resolutions. The Kingdom renews its call to establish a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and the Gulf region. It also reiterates that respect for resolutions adopted by the international community is the means to resolve global conflicts. Therefore it is important to support the peace process in the Middle East.

  The Arab countries have affirmed their commitment to a just peace by endorsing the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. We hope that concerted international efforts will lead to the realization of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people by ending the occupation and establishing an independent State, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

 The meeting rose at 9 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 C-154A. Corrections will be issued after the end of the session in a consolidated corrigendum.

Document symbol: A/60/PV.6
Document Type: Meeting record
Document Sources: General Assembly
Subject: Palestine question, Peace proposals and efforts
Publication Date: 15/09/2005

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