Arabia - UN



United Nations Secretary General
- Saudi cable - 2005: LINK ¤ DOC122757




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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:



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  • "we live in a difficult world and we are facing new challenges"

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, we need to adapt our system of collective security to be able to deal with them"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is also obvious that, in our interdependent world, there are many issues that we have to confront"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that no one country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "however powerful"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "can tackle alone"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is an era of multilateralism and an era where international cooperation should be emphasized"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that is one of the reasons behind the reform efforts under the UN"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to bring the mechanisms and structures in line with the 21st century and the new challenges that we are facing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you cannot have development without security, and you can enjoy neither"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "without respect for human rights and the rule of law"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Question:
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  • "we all condemned the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri and we are all calling for more investigation to reveal the absolute truth"

 

 

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  • "don't you agree with me that a human being is a human being, either a prime minister in Lebanon, or a civilian in Iraq, or in Palestine ?"

 

 


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UN Secretary General:


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  • "let me say that on the question of the human life"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the right of individuals to live their lives in dignity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the UN stand on that is clear, these are basic tenets of the Organization and our basic ideals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there comes a time when you sometimes have to take a stand and take steps"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to send a message that impunity will not be allowed to stand"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a life is a life and I agree with you"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but sometimes you can take on one case, resolve it firmly, and send a message to all"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we want to see a region where governments live in harmony and on a basis of good neighborliness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and not interfere in each other's affairs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because it is in the interest of individual member countries as well as the region"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and if they are going to have a relationship, it should be a cooperative and harmonious one and not an initiative which undermines one country or the other"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Question:
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  • "the UN was practically pushed out of Iraq by the US"

 

 

 

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UN Secretary General:

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  • "the Security Council debated the issue thoroughly and like all deliberative bodies, whether it is a parliament or the Security Council, they took a decision"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Council did not vote to support the war"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "yes, the US went ahead anyway"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa
- Saudi cable - 2007: LINK ¤ DOC118456

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  • "on Israel's rejection of the Arab initiative"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Amr Mousa said this is typical of Israel and doesn't express a positive stand by a country wanting peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Arab states will sign a peace agreement with Israel"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when it concludes its negotiations with the parties whose lands it is occupying"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Israel wants normalization"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the foreign minister stated that the custodian of the two holy mosques has said that "Iraq is under occupation""

 

 

 

 

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  • "that is the correct word for describing a situation where foreign troops are stationed in a country"

 

 

 

 

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  • "any military action conducted against the will of a certain country should be described as occupation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prince Saud Al-Faisal - Saudi cable - 2006: LINK ¤ DOC119191

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Question:
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  • "why has Saudi Arabia not recognized Israel ?"

 

 


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Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi Foreign Minister:





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  • "we will recognize Israel when there is peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is exactly like arguing security before peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if you're in a state of conflict, you make peace first and then recognize each other and have diplomatic relations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but the Israelis want everything the opposite way"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they want to satisfy themselves on everything that they want without giving the other side the same privilege"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud at the G-20 Summit
- Saudi cable - 2008: LINK ¤ DOC117277

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  • "I am pleased to participate in this summit and have the opportunity to exchange opinions concerning the best policies"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to deal with the global financial crisis"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "helping to restore normal growth in the global economy and establish firm foundations for the global financial system that will prevent such a crisis from occurring in the future"

 

 

 

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  • "this global economic crisis, which is unprecedented in terms of scope, character, the speed of its spread, and the dangers it poses"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "underscores the importance of international coordination and cooperation"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to find appropriate solutions to the crisis and its effects"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this crisis revealed that undisciplined globalization and inadequate control of the financial sectors"

 

 

 

 

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  • "contributed to its rapid spread around the globe"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "among the most important lessons it has taught us is that markets cannot regulate themselves"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, there is an urgent need to strengthen surveillance agencies and systems for the financial sectors"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and to strengthen the role of the IMF with respect to the surveillance of these sectors in the industrial countries"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is no secret that this crisis has spread to the whole world and its adverse effects are apparent in the real economy"

 

 

 

 

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  • "meaning that its impact will be deeper, unless all countries take the necessary appropriate measures"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we must stress the importance of taking into consideration the adverse effects that the policies"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "adopted by a particular country may have on other countries"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is therefore our hope that the donor countries, the IMF, the World Bank, and other international financial institutions"

 

 

 

 

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  • "will fulfill their role in this crisis by supporting the developing countries, particular the poor countries"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "helping them to face the effects of the crisis on their economies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statement to the 62nd UN General Assembly
- Saudi cable - 2007: LINK ¤ DOC116754

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  • "our world is experiencing ever-accelerating political, economic and social changes, characterized by increased complexity"

 

 

 

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  • "it is vital that we cooperate with each other now more than ever, under the banner of the UN"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to manage the complex issues and changes with which we are faced"

 

 

 

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  • "balanced and healthy relations among countries"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "based on respect of international legitimacy and the peaceful resolution of conflicts"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in a manner that guarantees justice and deepens mutual confidence and true partnership, are essential in achieving this"

 

 

 

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  • "by promoting sound relations and understanding between countries, we will be best equipped to meet future challenges"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and to respond to them in a way that will be beneficial to the whole of humanity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "current circumstances in the Middle East are extremely dangerous. Israeli occupation of Arab lands continues to transform the whole region into multiple crisis zones accompanied by the dramatic suffering of Palestinians"

 

 

 

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  • "the only way to avoid these dangerous results begins with achieving Arab-Israeli peace"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Arab-Israeli conflict has overshadowed and dominated all other issues in the past six decades. No regional crisis has greater potential to affect other regional conflicts or world peace than this conflict"

 

 

 

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  • "neglecting to find a just and comprehensive solution to this conflict would impose a festering plague that will grow in intensity and complexity with time"

 

 

 

 

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  • "clearly there is a need for a new fresh start to overcome the previous hurdles and obstacles"

 

 

 

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  • "in this regard, the Arab Peace Initiative represents a unique and historical opportunity to re-invigorate the peace process"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for it provides a general framework based on international legitimacy that enables all parties to negotiate fruitfully"

 

 

 

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  • "all Arab countries without exception have committed themselves to achieve peace, security, recognition and normal relations"

 

 

 

 

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  • "among all the countries of the region on the basis"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories of 1967"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the first time the Arab world commits itself to an agreed solution to the refugee problem"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Arab world has made its commitment to peace loud and clear"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Olof Palme Memorial Fund
- Saudi cable - 2012: LINK ¤ DOC90828

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  • "to the Royal embassy of Saudl Arabia, dear ambassador Gdaia"

 

 

 

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  • "we, the organizers of the annual Olof Palme Prize and the Palme family, are respectfully asking King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to allow the Saudi national Mr. Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair to attend our Prize ceremony"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that will be held in Stockholm"

 

 

 

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  • "we have been informed that Mr. Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair is banned from travel"

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, we are kindly asking for this permission, and we hope that our request will win His Majesty's acceptance"

 

 

 

 

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  • "yours sincerely, Pieire Schori, President Olof Palme Memorial Fund"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waleed Abu al-Khair - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ AL-KHAIR

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  • "Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair is a Saudi Arabian lawyer and human rights activist"

 

 

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  • "he is the head of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia organization (MHRSA)"

 

 

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  • "on July 6, 2014, Abu al-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a specialized Criminal Court"
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