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UN / GA DEBATE

As the General Assembly debate comes to a close today, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov told delegates that while supporting the aspirations of Arab peoples and condemning the use of violence against civilians, "the actions by outside forces must be based on full respect for international law." UNTV
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STORY: UN / GA DEBATE
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / RUSSIAN / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2011, NEW YORK CITY

RECENT / 2011, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

27 SEPTEMBER 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
3. Cutaway, delegates
4. Wide shot, Abubakr A. Al-Qirbi walks to podium
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abubakr A. Al-Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“The main reason for the upheaval that is taking place in Yemen is the dissatisfaction of the opposition and its refusal to endorse the election that took place in 2006 where our people entrusted their President of the Republic and choose him as our President. This has led to the crisis that we are witnessing nowadays and the economic developments, security and political levels.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abubakr A. Al-Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen:
“My country continues to make every effort in order to fight Al Qaeda and its terrorist acts in our country despite the limited resources of our government. What we need is at the international level is a comprehensive global strategy in order to build our national capacities so as to fight extremism and terrorist ideology. A strategy that does not recourse to military might but is based on social political backgrounds and strive to achieve international justice.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. Wide shot, Minister Sergei Lavrov approaches podium
10. Cutaway, Russian delegation
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia:
“Russia condemns the use of violence against civilians, and supports the aspirations of Arab peoples for revival of their States and their democratic development and social and economic prosperity. At the same time, the actions by the outside forces must be based on full respect for international law and be instrumental to the search for a political settlement between the authorities and the opposition. The attempts to go beyond the UN Security Council mandate are unacceptable, since they undermine its authority, and multiply the suffering of innocent civilians.”
12. Cutaway, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia:
“The only viable basis for settlement is the coexistence of Palestinian and Israeli States in peace and security. We support the application of the Palestinians to the UN Security Council and welcome the readiness reiterated by PNA President M. Abbas to hold talks with Israel on the basis of the existing international legal framework.”
14. Cutaway, Palestine delegation
15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia:
“We call on ISAF to fight more affectively against the growing Afghan drug threat. We can say that the Central Asia and Russia are already facing a “heroin Aggression” while the profits from the drug-trafficking are being used as the main source for financing the clandestine extremist underground in the region. The fight against this evil should be uncompromising, and it should target the entire drug business chain.”
16. Cutaway, Russian Delegation applauds

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On culminating the United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly Plenary in New York today, delegates heard statements from Yemen and the Russian Federation.

Yemen’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Abubakr A. Al-Qirbi, said that the main reason for the unrest in his country had been “the dissatisfaction of the opposition and its refusal to endorse the election that took place in 2006.”

He added that this then “led to the crisis that we are witnessing nowadays and the economic developments, security and political levels.”

Commenting on the situation with terrorism in Yemen, Al-Qirbi said that the government continued to make “every effort in order to fight Alqaida and its terrorist acts,” despite their limited resources.

He stressed that they needed a comprehensive global strategy in order to build their national capacities to fight extremism and the terrorist ideology. He noted that the strategy should not recourse to military might but instead be based “on social political backgrounds and strive to achieve international justice.”

Commenting on the developments in the Arab world, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergei Lavrov said that his country condemned the use of violence against civilians, and expressed his support for the Arab people’s aspirations for the revival of their states, as well as their democratic development, and social and economic prosperity.

On the Middle East issue, Lavrov said that the only viable basis for settlement was the coexistence of Palestinian and Israeli States in peace and security, and expressed his country’s support for the application of the Palestinians to the UN Security Council.

While noting that Russia provided significant support for the efforts to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, Lavrov called on the country’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to fight more affectively against what he called “the growing Afghan drug threat.”

He stressed that Central Asia and Russia were already facing a “heroin aggression” while the profits from the drug-trafficking were being used as the main source for financing the clandestine extremist underground in the region.

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