Itongadol.-Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem spoke before the UN General Assembly, noting that despite recent developments in his country, the Syrian people did not "lose sight of Palestine and the Syrian Golan.
"Syria reconfirms its support for the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, in particular their right of return and self-determination, and to establish their independent state on their land, with Jerusalem as its capital," the Syrian minister asserted.
He added that "The Syrian Arab Republic confirms its natural right to fully restore the occupied Syrian Golan up to the line of June 4th, 1967, and emphasizes its rejection of all measures taken by Israel, the occupying power, to change its natural, demographic and geographic features in a clear violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions."
Moallem also addressed the issue of nuclear development, as he urged Israel, "the only nuclear power in the region," to join "all treaties banning such weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"At the same time," he noted, "we emphasize on the right of all countries to acquire and develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
"Syria condemns the continued blocking by the United States and Israel of holding the International Conference on the Establishment of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East."