SEVENTY-FOURTH SESSION, 3RD & 4TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
GA/12183
24 SEPTEMBER 2019

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ABDEL FATTAH AL SISI, President of Egypt,…Turning to the Palestinian question, he described it as the longest‑standing crisis in the Middle East, expressing disappointment over the absence of a just solution based on international resolutions calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.  Arabs are open to the realization of a just and comprehensive peace and the Arab Peace Initiative is still on the table, he said.  In this regard, he underscored the need to restore Palestinian rights and to establish a security and economic system in the Middle East based on peace, security and cooperation.  Expressing concern over the protracted crisis in Libya, he urged all parties concerned to stop the conflict and address its root causes by fully implementing the United Nations plan adopted by the Security Council in October 2017, and by addressing the imbalance in the distribution of wealth and power.  He further underlined the need to unify all national institutions, avoid the ensuing chaos by militias, and prevent the intervention of external actors in Libya’s internal affairs.

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ECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN, President of Turkey…He also called for the immediate establishment of an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He went on to note that Israel disregards all human values through acts of aggression, such as the inhuman blockade of Gaza, the illegal construction of settlements and attacks against the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.

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IBRAHIM MOHAMED SOLIH, President of Maldives…Spotlighting the question of Palestine, he affirmed that the inalienable rights of Palestinians have been “acutely and blatantly dismissed by Israel, marginalized and discriminated against, in complete disregard of international law”.  Expressing support for a two‑State solution, he called for a genuine and meaningful dialogue between Arab countries and Israel, urging the United Nations and Member States to undertake every effort to work towards settlement of the issue.

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TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL-THANI, Amir of Qatar…Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory as well as its settlement activity, Judaization of Jerusalem and blockade of Gaza are happening in defiance of United Nations resolutions, he noted.  Permanent peace requires guaranteeing the rights of the Palestinian people on the basis of the pre‑1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian State, and the end of Israeli occupation, he noted.  Qatar will not stop supporting any effort aimed at realizing a just peace, he said, adding that his Government will continue to provide Palestinians with political and humanitarian support.

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ABDULLAH II IBN AL HUSSEIN, King of Jordan…Turning to the Palestinian‑Israeli conflict, he stressed that no crisis has done more global damage than that and called for the end of the occupation; its continuation is a global moral tragedy.  It is time to demonstrate that global justice and human rights belong to the Palestinians.  It begins with respect for the holy sites and rejecting all attempts to alter the legal status of East Jerusalem and the authentic historic character of the Holy City.

“As Hashemite Custodian, I am bound by a special duty to protect Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites,” he declared, also calling for an end to the conflict and for a just, lasting and durable peace through the realization of the two‑State solution.  Tolerance, compassion and the equality of all human beings are the values that make global harmony and collection action possible.  They are the values that permeate the United Nations Charter.

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JOÃO MANUEL GONÇALVES LOURENÇO, President of Angola…Spotlighting tensions on the Korean Peninsula as a major concern and a continuing threat to world peace, he welcomed diplomatic efforts on that front and went on to voice further concern about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising tensions in the Persian Gulf, appealing for moderation from all parties.

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PEDRO SÁNCHEZ, President of Spain…On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his Government remains committed to the two-State solution.  Pointing to rising tensions in the Persian Gulf, he called on regional parties to act with restraint.

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M. SAAD-EDDINE EL OTHMANI, Prime Minister of Morocco…He stated his country’s preoccupation with the lack of a promising avenue for peace between Israel and Palestine, citing this situation as a source of instability and tension in the Middle East.  Morocco stands with the Palestinian people, and he rejected Israel’s settlement policy and any changes to the nature or status of Jerusalem.  Sustainable peace requires that Palestinians are able to enjoy rights to an independent State with its capital in East Jerusalem.

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