Cameron: No resolution can, on its own, bring peace

In first speech to UN General Assembly, British PM David Cameron speaks on behalf of bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

September 22, 2011 23:48
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British Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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NEW YORK – In his first speech to the UN General Assembly, British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke on behalf of bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and said that Libya and the Arab Spring show that the UN “needs a new way of working.”

This is “because the Arab Spring is a massive opportunity to spread peace, prosperity, democracy and vitally security, but only if we really seize it,” Cameron said.

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Saying that the people of the Arab world “have made their aspirations clear,” Cameron added that democracy “is a process, not an event.”

Referencing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cameron said the Iranian leader, in his speech to the General Assembly, “didn’t remind us that he runs a country where they may have elections of a sort but they also repress freedom of speech, do everything they can to avoid the accountability of a free media, violently prevent demonstrations and detain and torture those who argue for a better future. So we should never pretend that having elections is enough.”

“We all here have a responsibility to the Palestinians too,” the British leader said, adding that a key part of the Arab Spring is “the right of Palestinians to have a viable state of their own, living in peace, alongside a safe and secure state of Israel. And I strongly support this.”

Amid widespread speculation as to what will happen at the UN this week in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Cameron said that no UN resolution alone would suffice to bring peace to the region.

“No resolution can, on its own, substitute for the political will necessary to bring peace,” he said. “Peace will only come when Palestinians and Israelis sit down and talk to each other, make compromises, build trust and agree.

“So our role is to support this, to defeat those who embrace violence, stop the growth of settlements and support Palestinians and Israelis alike to make peace,” Cameron said.


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