Report of the Security Council/Mideast situation – GA debate – Verbatim record (excerpts)

Official Records

General Assembly 

Sixty-fifth session 


50th plenary meeting 

Friday, 12 November 2010, 10 a.m. 

New York 



Mr. Deiss  …………………………………………………….. 





   The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. 



 Agenda items 29 and 119 (continued) 


 Report of the Security Council (A/65/2) 


 Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters 


 Mr. Khalfallah (Tunisia): …


 My delegation recognizes the sizeable workload undertaken by the Security Council during the period of time covered by the report, particularly as regards regions facing tensions and instability, whether in Africa or in other parts of the world. We also take note of the field visits by members of the Security Council, which give them a first-hand assessment of situations that affect international peace and security and need urgent action by the Council. The report clearly shows that the Council acted with determination in dealing with a large number of conflicts around the world. That will certainly confirm the Council’s authority in maintaining international peace and security. 

 However, the Council’s efforts continue to fall short of our expectations when it comes to the situation in the Middle East. The frustration caused by the inability of the Council to get further involved in solving the Palestinian issue and honouring its responsibility in that regard does not help to remove that threat, which looms over the region and damages the authority of the Council itself. 


 Mr. Borg (Malta): …


 One of the issues where the Security Council has made a contribution relates to the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The fact that the Security Council considers the issue on a monthly basis shows in itself that the international community has still not found the much sought after solution. Despite the unstinting efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General and the Quartet, a renewed effort and a reinvigorated approach is required in the search for a political and durable solution to the question of Palestine and the Middle East conflict. In that regard, Security Council members must continue to enhance their role and their valid contribution by assisting both the Israelis and the Palestinians, especially at a time when direct negotiations, which had ushered in new hopes and expectations some weeks ago, are being severely tested daily, if not threatened. My delegation believes that the Security Council has a primordial role in the Middle East process and can and should contribute to a resolution of the question and bring peace and security to a region, which for over 60 years has been a theatre of conflict, tensions and upheavals. It is important that the Security Council, backed by this General Assembly, strengthen its endeavours to resume the peace negotiations, which would lead to an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel. 


 Mr. Loulichki (Morocco) …


 During the reporting period, the Council has continued to address the situation in the Middle East, particularly the question of Palestine. We followed with hope and encouragement the efforts of the United States Administration, together with the Palestinian Authority’s responsible position supported by the Arab countries, that led to the relaunching of direct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians on 2 September in Washington. However, the persistence of the Israeli Government in its illegal settlement policy, including in Al-Quds, reduces to zero the chances of negotiations being resumed, as shown by the recent decision of the Israeli Government to build 1,300 new housing units in the eastern part of Al-Quds, which has a majority Palestinian population. 

 The Kingdom of Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI presides over the Al-Quds Committee, reiterates its profound concern at the illegal acts by the Israeli authorities in eastern Al-Quds with the intention of altering the demographic composition of the Holy City. My country believes that only the establishment of a Palestinian State on the basis of relevant international legal decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative, with Al-Quds as its capital, as well as the withdrawal of Israel from the other occupied Arab territories, will guarantee lasting peace in the region. 


   The meeting rose at 1.10 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. 


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