General Assembly

Lebanon still facing serious challenges to peace, General Assembly hears

Lebanon still faces many urgent risks and challenges, including Israeli acts of aggression and the threats posed by terrorist groups, as it tries to establish prosperity and stability, the Middle East country’s President, Michel Sleiman, told the General Assembly today.

Argentine President calls for ‘reformulation’ of UN to restore multilateralism

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today called for the reformulation of multilateral organizations, including the United Nations and global financial institutions.

Turkey endorses UN-led efforts to broker political settlement in Cyprus

Turkish President Abdullah Gül today offered his country’s full backing to United Nations-led diplomatic negotiations aimed at reunifying the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

At UN, Iranian President blames ‘corrupt powers’ for sparking global challenges

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today pointed the finger at “corrupt powers” for provoking or maintaining problems in global hotspots such as Iraq, the Middle East and Afghanistan, noting that the United Nations is often paralyzed and unable to take effective action.

Kenya on path to full recovery after post-election violence, UN debate hears

Kenya is making important progress towards reaching consensus on the legal, constitutional and other reforms necessary to avoid a repeat of the deadly post-election violence that swept the country at the start of this year, President Mwai Kibaki told the General Assembly today.

Bosnian leader says UN must right the wrongs of Srebrenica

The United Nations must take action to reverse the de facto “ethnic apartheid” that has taken root in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of efforts to redress the failure surrounding the Srebrenica massacre, the Balkan country’s leader told the General Assembly today.

Obstructionist States paralyze UN in face of major crises, Lithuanian leader says

United Nations efforts to resolve conflicts and crises around the world are being blocked by States that avoid punishment by claiming national sovereignty, Lithuania’s President told the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly today.

Panama urges UN to declare global state of emergency to confront food crisis

Panamanian President Martín Torrijos Espino today called on the United Nations General Assembly to declare a global state of emergency to confront the crisis of soaring food prices by mobilizing all governmental forces, private initiative and international organizations to save millions of people from the jaws of poverty.

Russian ‘invasion’ challenges UN charter, Georgian President says

Last month’s “invasion” by Russia flouted principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the President of Georgia said today, expressing the Caucasus nation’s determination to rebuild and further consolidate democracy.

Food crisis offers economic benefits for some States, Uganda informs UN debate

The global crisis sparked by soaring food prices offers an economic opportunity for some countries, especially those in Equatorial Africa, to take advantage by boosting their agricultural production, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told world leaders gathered for the General Assembly today.