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And as part of the discussions we are having with the Syrian authorities, it is not excluded that a UN observer force may go in to ensure that the parties honour and respect the commitments that they are going to make.
Some people have a tendency to compare it with Libya or other situations. But I believe Syria would be much more complex and that is why everybody is moving very cautiously.
When next time, one is dealing with a broader threat to the international community, one will wait and seek the approval of the Security Council. When it's an issue of a broader threat to the international community, only the Security Council has that legitimacy.
Right is Might. That's why this country has historically been in the vanguard of the global human rights movement. But that lead can only be maintained if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism. When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused.
This is a truly international effort and I think if we all pool our efforts, with goodwill, reasonableness and determination we can resolve this issue.
I would not want to refer to it as an agreement, but I would want to say that both parties have accepted the good offices of the Secretary-General to help resolve this problem. And I will work with the parties and I will designate someone to work discreetly and quietly with them to find a solution.
I think we need to be able to take care of the concerns of Israel. And I understand the issue of rearmament that we need to make sure that arms do not come in either through the airports and the borders or through the sea ports.
I have been edging for the immediate lifting of the blockade on Lebanon.
It is time now to look to the future. Let us look at this post-war period as an opportunity for peace, prosperity and stability in Lebanon.
The disarmament of Hizbollah cannot be done by force. It has to be a political agreement between the Lebanese, there has to be a Lebanese consensus and an agreement amongst them to disarm.
The UNIFIL force will help the government of Lebanon do the job, but disarming Hizbollah is not the direct mandate of the UNIFIL force.
And many calls went out until this happened.
That shelling of the UN position, which is long established and clearly marked, started early in the morning and went on till after 7pm when we lost contact. And our general and troops and people on the ground were in touch with the Israeli army, warning them: please be careful, we have positions here, don't harm our people.
I have appealed to all concerned to spare civilian lives and spare civilian infrastructure because these are things a civilian population will need for their livelihood, for their daily activities and we should not inflict any more suffering.
They have maintained that their intention is the peaceful use of nuclear energy and if that is indeed the case, they should be able to give the international community that assurance and work with everybody to find a solution.
History is replete with armed movements that have transformed themselves into political parties and are governing democratic countries today, and Hamas should aim to join those groups of movements which have gone through that transformation.
As I have indicated in the past, freedom of speech is not a licence, it does entail exercising responsibility and judgement and quite honestly, I don't understand why any editor would publish cartoons at this time which inflames and pours oil on the fire.
The quartet concluded that it was inevitable that future assistance to any new government would be reviewed by donors against that government's commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the road map.
Those who are behaving this way ought to understand that the time will come when they may have to account for their acts and the destruction they are causing to their own society.
The report is critical of me personally and I accept the criticism. Earlier this year the committee concluded that I did not influence or attempt to influence the procurement process and I am glad to note the conclusion is reaffirmed.
The resolution requires them to withdraw. The resolution is clear that there should be full withdrawal and I am sending my envoy there to sit with them and discuss full and complete withdrawal.