Quotable quotes at the general debate of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 23

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Following are quotable quotes from world leaders at the general debate of the UN General Assembly on Thursday:

"We see a new politics at work -- a politics of polarization. We hear the language of hate, false divisions between 'them' and ' us', those who insist on "their way' or 'no way.' Amid such uncertainty, so much confusion of purpose, we naturally seek a moral compass." -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"Much remains to be done and we must strengthen our resolve. We know that additional efforts are needed. We have an action plan; now we must implement it. In order to succeed, we need a genuine global partnership borne out of inclusive global governance, where all stakeholders can make themselves heard." -- UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss.

"More than ever before, our world is confronting multiple global crises, which cannot be effectively addressed, without a coordinated, multilateral action. No country can face these crises, and provide for its future in isolation. The threats are global and so are the solutions. A strong, central role for the United Nations is essential." -- Jordanian King Abdullah II.

"The global economy has been pulled back from the brink of a depression, and is growing once more." "Each of us must choose the path of peace. That responsibility begins with the parties themselves, who must answer the call of history." -- U.S. President Barack Obama.

"Peace must go beyond action. To educate for peace is to vaccinate against war." -- Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda.

"Terrorism indeed is a leading and most pressing challenge for the international community on the global scale. It cannot be countered without sincere, cohesive and concrete international cooperation." -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

"Dialogue is the most effective way to resolve conflicts, we have set out to seek a resolution to several political crises in our region by promoting dialogue between the concerned parties, whether in Lebanon or Yemen or the Horn of Africa or the Sudan. " - - Emir of Qatar Hamid bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

"Africa has decided to shift from Afro-pessimism to Afro- optimism, we are going to make Africa better." "I want the world to know that we the African leaders have a vision of Africa free of hunger, diseases and poverty. We have the vision of a new Africa that is prosperous and full of hope. We have the vision of African nations determined to contribute more to the global prosperity, peace and stability." -- Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika.

"Unless we stand together and invent new approach to the global challenges we are all facing, we will be torn apart by fear and self-destructive interests." -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"Nuclear energy is clean and cheap and a heavenly gift which is amongst the most suitable alternatives to cut the pollution emanating from fossil fuels. The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows all member states to use nuclear energy without limits and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated to provide member states with technical and legal support. The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be eliminated. The NPT prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for nuclear disarmament." -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"In the economic and environmental areas, the wealthiest nations have already understood that they cannot do without the cooperation of emerging countries. When it comes to war and peace, however, the traditional players are reluctant to share power." -- Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

"The question, as always, is how this is to be done. Our preference is to take meaningful action. Action that produces real results. Action that helps real people in their struggle with oppression, with disaster, and with poverty." Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Source: Xinhua


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