SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 12TH & 13TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
GA/12071
28 SEPTEMBER 2018

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As the General Assembly entered the fourth day of its general debate today,…

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CARL GREENIDGE, Vice‑President of Guyana,…also stressed that conflict is an obstacle to development, calling for a two‑State solution to the Israeli‑Palestinian crisis.  The people of Palestine, including Gaza, have the right to a dignified existence in their homeland.

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WANG YI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China,…Voicing support for efforts to resolve the Palestinian‑Israeli conflict and the Rohingya refugee crisis, he said terrorism — including cyberterrorism — can never be justified.

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MAHATHIR MOHAMAD, Prime Minister of Malaysia,…pointing to the situation in the Middle East, he said the only way to fight terrorism is to remove its root causes.  “Let the Palestinians return to reclaim their land.  Let there be a State of Palestine,” he said.

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ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Prime Minister of Greece,…Turning to the security crisis in his region, he pointed out that his country established trilateral schemes of cooperation with Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

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DUŠKO MARKOVIĆ, Prime Minister of Montenegro,…Montenegro regrets the ongoing stalemate in the resolution of the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.  Violence resulting from conflicts in the Middle East must end immediately, he asserted, also calling for the strengthening of the United Nations prevention pillar.

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KHEMAIES JHINAOUI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia,…He said that while he understands some States’ apprehension, extreme ideas around the issue of migration must be avoided.  He voiced support for the plight of the Palestinian people, the two‑State solution and the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),…

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IBRAHIM ABDULKARIM AL-JAFARI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq,…Moreover, peace will not be possible in the Middle East until Israel completely withdraws from the Occupied Palestinian Territory and an independent Palestinian State is established.  Condemning the United States recent decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem – which he said will only further complicate the situation – he also warned against the unilateral imposition of sanctions that only hurt civilians, as was long felt first‑hand in Iraq.

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THOMAS MOTSOAHAE THABANE, Prime Minister of Lesotho,…Highlighting worsening situations in Syria, Iraq and Palestine, he called a two‑State solution the only viable option.

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RICKY NELSON HOUENIPWELA, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands,…said efforts must now focus on achieving stability in the Middle East and peacefully settling the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict.

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SIMON COVENEY, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland,… While acknowledging the current situation in the Middle East serves neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians, the burden of occupation is the heavier one, he said, citing continued settlement construction as an existential threat to the two‑State solution.  The situation in Gaza is untenable, he continued, calling for an end to the blockade there and pledging his country’s continued support of UNRWA.  He greatly regretted the recent cuts to its funding by the United States and urged those in power to reconsider their decisions as those cuts will only be seen as collective punishment, thus empowering radicals and destabilizing moderates.

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ADEL AHMED AL-JUBEIR, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia,…turning to the rights of the Palestinian people, he underscored their right to an independent State, and the need to respect relevant Security Council resolutions.

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GUDLAUGUR THÓR THÓRDARSON, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland,…The issue of Western Sahara is unresolved, as is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,…

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MAMADI TOURÉ, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea …Stating Guinea has always unambiguously expressed unconditional solidarity for the just cause of the Palestinian people, he called for a two-State solution with safe, internationally recognized borders.

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MOHAMED T. H. SIALA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Libya,…also called for international efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

 

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