Australia's delegate to the United Nations, Sir Laurence McIntyre, said at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (21 November) that his country recognised the rights of the Palestinian people in wanting to create a state of their own, alongside Israel.
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McINTYRE: "What we now have to consider is the reality of the present. And we have to consider it in the light of the great and pressing need for a final settlement in the Middle East. And this, Mr. President, is why my delegation has listened with more than ordinary interest to this debate. We've listened to the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Mr. Arafat, and have heard that the PLO as supported by all the Heads of State of all Arab governments, represents the Palestinians and all their aspirations. Whatever reservations we have about methods employed in asserting those rights to self-determination and the recognised place in their original homeland, there is clearly a new and vigorous spirit -- a new sense of destiny among the leaders of the displaced Palestinians, a new confidence in their rights to self-determination and independence within a Palestine state of their own. And my delegation has taken note of all this and we say if the Palestinians want to crate a state of their own alongside Israel, we will accept this. It is in harmony with what the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs said on the subject in his statement to this Assembly on 7th of October last when he recognised the concern of all Arab states along with the rest of it that the Palestinian Arab people should have proper treatment, permanent home and secure hopes for the future. It accords also with the Australian Government's attachment to the principle of the rights of people, to self-determination and independence, if this is what they desire.
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Background: Australia's delegate to the United Nations, Sir Laurence McIntyre, said at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (21 November) that his country recognised the rights of the Palestinian people in wanting to create a state of their own, alongside Israel.
Sir Laurence who was speaking on the debate on Palestine, said Australia recognised the concern of all Arab states that the Palestinian people should have proper treatment, a permanent home and secure hopes for the future.
He added this was in accordance with his country's principle on the rights of peoples.