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Election of the President of the General Assembly for the sixty-fourth session
10 June 2009 / 10:51

H.E. Ambassador Ahmed A. Al-Jarman
The Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations

Mr. President,

I have the honour today to speak on behalf of the Group of Asian States and to congratulate the President-elect of the General Assembly for the sixty-fourth session, His Excellency Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, Minister for African Union Affairs and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Chairman of the African Union Executive Council and representative of the Group of African States. His election by acclamation today is a clear reflection of our full confidence in his ability to lead our work and confirmation of his vast experience and exceptional qualifications, which will enhance his leadership of the General Assembly at its forthcoming session.

The sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly will convene in September 2009, at a time when the international community is facing new challenges and difficulties resulting from the aggravated global financial and economic crisis, in addition to other ongoing issues and challenges which hold great importance for the international community. Those include, inter alia, reform of the United Nations, in particular reform of the Security Council and its relationship with the General Assembly, climate change, food security, nuclear disarmament and non proliferation and the eradication of poverty and disease. These raise considerable obstacles to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. They are all issues we will continue to address during the sixty-fourth session.

The Asian Group is fully confident that the President-elect, His Excellency Mr. Ali Treki, has the necessary multidimensional experience and qualifications to successfully lead Member States through the important and complex issues they are facing and to maintain the momentum in order to attain the main objectives of this body: lasting peace, security and prosperity for all the peoples of the world. I wish to assure the President-elect that the Asian Group will extend its full support to him as he discharges his duties as President of the Assembly at its sixty-fourth session. We wish him every success in his new mission.

Finally, on behalf of the Asian Group, I take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the current President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, for his tireless efforts and commitment during the sixty-third session. His extensive skill, wise leadership and dedication have been essential for the success of the current session of the General Assembly during this important and sensitive phase of its work.