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Key quotes: UN General Assembly
World leaders are taking to the podium in New York to have their say on issues of international significance at the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Each leader has 15 minutes and speeches are watched closely for evidence of shifts in policy. Below is a selection of key quotes from speeches.


All our nuclear activities have been completely peaceful and transparent...

Iran has moved forward step by step and now our country is recognised as a one with the capacity for industrial-scale fuel cycle production for peaceful purposes...

Because of the resistance of the Iranian nation, the issue is back to the [International Atomic Energy] Agency, and I officially announce that in our opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed and has turned into an ordinary agency matter.

Of course Iran has always been and will be prepared to have constructive talks with all parties...

Unfortunately human rights are being extensively violated by certain powers, especially by those who pretend to be their exclusive advocates.


An increasingly interdependent world recognises that the challenges of tomorrow are best dealt with through the UN. Indeed, they can only be dealt with through the UN...

My vision is an administration focused on results - efficient, directed, pragmatic and accountable - an administration representing excellence, integrity and pride in serving the global good.

Looking to the coming year and beyond, we can foresee a daunting array of challenges to come. They are problems that respect no borders - that no country, big or small, rich or poor, can resolve on its own...

The crisis in Darfur grew from many causes. Any enduring solution must address all of them - security, politics, resources, water, humanitarian and development issues. There, as elsewhere, we must deal with root causes of conflict, however complex and entangled.


The Palestinian territories have moderate leaders, mainstream leaders, that are working to build free institutions, that fight terror and enforce the law and respond to the needs of their people.

The international community must support these leaders, so that we can advance the vision of two democratic states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security...

In Sudan, innocent civilians are suffering repression, and in the Darfur region many are losing their lives to genocide. America has responded with tough sanctions against those responsible for the violence.

I appreciate France's leadership in helping to stabilise Sudan's neighbours, and the United Nations must answer this challenge to conscience and live up to its promise to promptly deploy peace-keeping forces to Darfur.


Iran is entitled to nuclear power for civilian purposes, but if we allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, we would incur an unacceptable risk to the stability of the region and the stability of the world.

In the name of France, I would say that this crisis can only be resolved if resolve and dialogue go hand-in-hand. It is in that spirit that France will act...

Attachment to one's faith, to one's language and culture, and to one's way of life, thought and belief - all this is natural, legitimate and profoundly human.

To deny that is to sow the seeds of humiliation. It stokes the fires of the very nationalism, fanaticism and terrorism we claim to be fighting.

A clash of civilisations will not be averted by forcing everyone to think and believe alike; cultural and religious diversity must be accepted everywhere and by all...


Let us not delude ourselves. If the groundwork of global development is not rebuilt, the risks of unprecedented environmental and human catastrophe will grow.

We must overcome the apparently pragmatic and sophisticated notion which is actually anachronistic, predatory and senseless that profits and wealth can grow forever at any cost. There are prices that humanity cannot afford to pay.

At the price of destroying the material and spiritual foundations of our collective existence at the risk of self destruction, at the risk of destroying ourselves...

Farm subsidies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer are no longer unacceptable. We cannot accept agricultural protectionism that perpetuates dependency and underdevelopment. Brazil will spare no effort for a successful conclusion of those negotiations which must above all benefit the poorest countries.


The presidents of the US change. And they may come to office with the greatest of intentions and they may feel that they are doing good for humanity.

But they fail to understand that they are no more than instruments of one more empire in a long list of empires that have been imposed on our planet...

[An] imperialist minority is imposing global capitalism to impoverish us all and impose apartheid against Latin American immigrants and against African immigrants...

With what authority does [George W Bush] question the right of Iran and the right of North Korea ... to nuclear development for peaceful purposes?

And even if they wanted nuclear power for military purposes, with what right can we question this? The US is the only country in the world to have launched nuclear bombs on innocent people - Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

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