Sam Condor Heads to UN General Assembly

But one of the main subjects that the world, and indeed Kittitians and Nevisians would be listening to hear, is the twin-island state’s position on the current impasse surrounding the decision by the Palestinian Authority to seek Statehood, as part of the long road to attaining full independence as a new country  recognized by the United Nations.

Though the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Foreign Affairs has previously indicated that it accepts the right of the Palestinians to opt for Statehood, the government also understands the complications of the many issues attached to the move.

The government has however, to date, not made it clear, which way they intend to vote but reliable sources have stated that the country has come under massive pressure from both Israel and the United States, to vote against the resolution when it is brought to the General Assembly.

It will be Mr. Condor’s second address to the world body since his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs following the January 2010 general elections.

He is among Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers of Foreign Affairs from some 193 Member States of the United Nations who will address the world body at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is also the 66th Session of the Assembly.

United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters that they face critical choices on global issues to ensure the well-being of future generations

“We have five imperatives – five generational opportunities to shape the world of tomorrow by the decisions we make today,” he said.  Mr. Ban cited sustainable development; preventing and mitigating conflicts, human rights abuses and the impacts of natural disasters; building a safer and more secure world; supporting countries in transition; and working to engage the talents of women and young people.

“In the Middle East, we must break the stalemate. We have long agreed that

Palestinians deserve a State. Israel needs security. Both want peace. We pledge our unrelenting efforts to help achieve that peace through a negotiated settlement,” he stated.

The UN is capable today of more rapid and effective response than ever before, Mr.

Ban added, and it remains the “world’s first emergency responders” – noting recent disasters in Pakistan, Haiti and beyond.


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