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Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas says that "time is running out" to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and cautions that the settlement policy pursued by Israel "will abort opportunities to relaunch the peace process." UNTV

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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

25 SEPTEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Tracking shot, Mugabe walks in
4. Med shot, Zimbabwe delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe:
“Regrettably, Mr. President, while countries the SADC region have made huge sacrifices and given Zimbabwe financial and other support at a time while they too are reeling from the effects of the global economic crisis, the western countries, particularly the United States and the European Union, who impose illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe have, to our surprise, and that of SADC and the rest of Africa, refused to remove those sanctions.”
6. Med shot, Lebanon delegation
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) General Michel Sleiman, President of Lebanon:
“How are we to convince our peoples that the international community is capable of achieving a just and comprehensive peace, and also putting an end to the various aspects of the conflict including Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories and the establishment of an independent sovereign Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital if the international community is not capable of forcing Israel to stop all settlements, to lift the unjust siege of Gaza and to stop the Judeization of Jerusalem?”
8. Med shot, Israel delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, President of Somalia:
“If the world does not comprehend the gravity of what is happening in Somalia, then the consequences will be very harmful and there are risks of trouble proliferating in neighbouring countries and throughout the world.”
10. Tracking shot, Zardari walks in
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan:
“In Pakistan the will of the people has prevailed. Our people have witnessed a profound democratic transformation. We have entered into a new era of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Democracy in Pakistan is of great importance, not only for our country, but also for our region and the world. Pakistan has struggled hard for democracy. My late wife Benazir Bhutto led the fight for democracy and laid down her life for it.”
12. Med shot, Pakistan delegation
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority:
“I reaffirm the eagerness of the Palestinian liberation Organization to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in accordance to the resolutions of international legitimacy. At the time I caution that the settlement policy and the building of the separation wall which continue to be pursued by the Israeli operation will abort opportunities to re-launch the peace process. Time is running out.”
14. Med shot, League of Arab States delegation
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo:
“We welcome the significant progress observed recently in the nations among the Great Lakes region. The warming of relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the revitalization of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes countries and the normalization of relations between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reflect the common will of the Great Lakes countries to work to consolidate peace.”
16. Med shot, Congo delegation
17. Wide shot, GA Hall

STORYLINE:

The third day on the General debate got underway today (25 September) with an address by the long time leader of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe reminded the General Assembly of the the power sharing agreement reached last year with one-time rival Morgan Tsvangarai and the formation of a unity government last February and regretted that “western countries, particularly the United States and the European Union” have refused to remove “illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe.”

Lebanon’s President, General Michel Sleiman told the Assembly that the international community must step up pressure on Israel to fulfil its obligations to the Middle East peace process.

Sleiman put in doubt the international community’s ability to force Israel “to halt its settlement construction, to lift the unjust siege on Gaza, and to stop the judaization of Jerusalem.”

Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia spoke about his countries struggles, including piracy and terrorism and said that “if the world does not comprehend the gravity of what is happening in Somalia”, there is a danger of trouble spilling beyond its borders.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari placed a framed picture of his late wife Benazir Bhutto on the podium and said that “in Pakistan the will of the people has prevailed” as it has “entered into a new era of democracy, rule of law and human rights”.

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that "time is running out" to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and cautioned that the settlement policy pursued by Israel may “abort opportunities to re-launch the peace process.”

President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville welcomed the “significant progress” observed recently in the nations among the Great Lakes region, including “the warming of relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the revitalization of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes countries and the normalization of relations between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo” which he said “reflect the common will of the Great Lakes countries to work to consolidate peace.”

The 64th session of the General Debate will resume tomorrow (26 September) and will end on Monday (28 September).
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