Saudi Arabia urges new approach towards West Asia

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United Nations, Sep 30 (UNI) Saudi Arabia has urged major international powers to change their approach towards the Arab-Israeli conflict to find a just and lasting solution to the dispute in order to promote world peace.

Addressing the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said the 60-year-old Arab-Israeli conflict was the main reason for the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region.

''Current circumstances in West Asia are extremely dangerous.

The Israeli occupation of Arab land continues to transform the whole region into multiple crisis zones accompanied by the dramatic suffering of Palestinians which is linked to the spread of despair and extremism.'' Reiterating the Arabs' commitment to peace, he said, '' Arab world has made its commitment to peace loud and clear.'' ''The Arab-Israeli conflict has dominated all other issues for the past six decades. No regional crisis has greater potential to affect other regional conflicts or world peace than this conflict,''he added.

He demanded there should not be any negligence on the part of the international community in finding a just and lasting solution to the conflict.

Prince Saud emphasised that the proposed West Asian peace conference should tackle core issues of the conflict.

''The success of the conference depends on tackling these issues with clarity and within a reasonable timeframe,'' he said.

Reaffirming Saudi Arabia's continuous support to the United Nations in the promotion of world peace and stability, Prince Saud said,''Our world is experiencing speedy political, economic and social changes, characterised by increased complexity. It is vital that we cooperate with one another now more than ever, under the banner of the UN, to manage these complex issues and developments.'' Stressing the importance of making West Asia free of nuclear weapons, he called on Iran and other countries to strictly respect their obligations under international conventions and treaties that include specific safeguards for nuclear programmes.

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