David Cameron 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
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.
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
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.
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.
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,”