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    At the United Nations on Tuesday (5 December) the General Assembly debated the Middle East.?

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    MV INTERIOR Jordanian Ambassador to United Nations Hazem Nuseibeh speaking in English

    GV U.N. General Assembly

    MV Austrian Ambassador to United Nations Thomas klesil speaking in English

    NUSEIBEH:"The only way to achieve a peaceful settlement is an follows: One: A resolution of the conflict in the Middle East should be within the framework of the United Nations and its own resolutions.

    Two: it should be done with the participation of all the parties to the conflict, including, of course the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which has been recognised by the united Nations, as well as all the Arab states as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people.

    Three: It should be based on justice and equity and the right of every people to self-determination and statehood. This is one of the cardinal principle first enunciated by that great idealist, Woodrow Wilson, and now universally and unquestionably accepted as the inalienable right of all peoples everywhere.

    Four: An implementation of the Vance-Gromyko declaration on the convening of the Geneva conference. I did not draft the Vance-Gromyko declaration. It was the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union who made that agreement.

    Five: And last but by no means least, a change of venue on the part of the Israelis to accept to live and let live in amity and equity with their Palestinian and other Arab neighbours."

    KLESIL: "It has been generally recognised that no settlement of Arab-Israeli conflict can be durable which does not deal with, or is negligent of the rights of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian problem still is at the core of the whole Middle East conflict. The Palestinians must be given the chance to participate in determining and shaping their own future."

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    Background: At the United Nations on Tuesday (5 December) the General Assembly debated the Middle East. Arab members were heavily represented and the Camp David agreement received little support. A central theme in most speeches was the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank. Jordanian Ambassador, Hazem Nuseibeh outlined his plan for a peaceful solution to the Middle East problem.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Thomas Klesil representing Austria also stressed Palestinian rights.

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