Syria's speech before UN
Syria-UN, Politics, 9/24/2005
Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Faisal Mekdad has stressed that Syria has always sought just and comprehensive peace in the region on the basis of UN resolutions and the so-called Madrid terms-of-reference.
He added in his address during general discussions at 60th session of the UN. General Assembly, that Israel is the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East, and what is required is the implementation of all the UN resolutions, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the return of the Syrian Golan and refugees.
He pointed out that peace cannot be achieved in the light of the continuation of the Israeli aggression on the Arab states and occupation of Arab territories.
Regarding Iraq, Mekdad underlined the necessity for preserving the Iraqi unity of land and people, stressing that Syria will remain supporting the political process in Iraq until the Iraqis are able to exercise their right to self-determination in the framework of a unified and secure Iraq.
On Terrorism, Mekdad stressed Syria's support to the international community in combating terrorism since Syria was among the first who suffered from terrorism and struggled to eradicate it, calling for the necessity to distinguish between terrorism and the struggle of peoples for ending foreign occupation and independence.
Mekdad underlined the danger of keeping the Israeli arsenal of nuclear arms outside the scrutiny of international inspection. He also expressed support to the reform of the UN Security Council.
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