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    72nd United Nations General Assembly Morning Session Day 2 (VIDEO)

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    The leaders and representatives of United Nations member states deliver their speeches on the second day of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

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    • 03:26

      Kuwait's Prime Minister Addresses the United Nations

    • 03:12

      Myanmar's Vice President Addresses the United Nations

      Myanmar's vice president says that human rights violations in Rakhine state will be dealt with "in accordance with strict norms of justice" and security forces will be instructed "to take full measures to avoid collateral damage."

      He also states that Rohingya Muslims, as well as other minority groups, have fled their homes.

    • 02:52

      Nauru's President Baron Waqa Addresses the United Nations

    • 02:50

      EU's Mogherini says that all sides of Iran nuclear deal are complying with the agreement so far

      EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after talks at the UN that there is no necessity to re-negotiate the Iran nuclear deal which may have prevented a military intervention.

      "We already have one potential nuclear crisis, we definitely do not need to go into a second one," Mogherini told reporters in New York on Wednesday.

      "This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention. There is no need to renegotiate parts of the agreement."

      They did not discuss what would happen if the US left the nuclear deal, but the US Secretary of State Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif spoke to each other directly for a "long time," according to a European source and Reuters.



    • 02:29

      Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj Addresses the United Nations

      "We have made efforts to mitigate the suffering of our people following the revolution. However, a great many problems remain in Libya."

      "The war against terrorism must continue."

      "We wish to see peace in Syria."

    • 01:56

      Senegal's President Macky Sall Addresses the United Nations

    • 01:36

      Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina Addresses the United Nations

    • 01:27

      Meeting between Iran and six major powers on nuclear deal has begun at the United Nations

      A ministerial meeting between the United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States, Russia, and China with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

      The Russian delegation is headed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov while the United States is represented by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

      France's Macron still hopes Trump will change his view on Iran Nuclear Deal. Iran's ballistic missile use since 2015 suggests that nuclear accord is insufficient.

      "Is this agreement enough? No. It is not, given the evolution of the regional situation and increasing pressure that Iran is exerting on the region, and given ... increased activity by Iran on the ballistic level since the accord," Macron told reporters in New York.

      EU's Mogherini says that all sides of Iran nuclear deal are complying with the agreement so far.

    • 01:21

      Malawi's President Peter Mutharika Addresses the United Nations

    • 01:08

      Romania's President Klaus Iohannis Addresses the United Nations

    • 00:55

      Montenegro's President Filip Vujanović Addresses the United Nations

    • 00:36

      Namibia's President Hage Geingob Addresses the United Nations

    • 00:08

      South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Addresses the United Nations

    • 23:50

      Latvia's President Raimonds Vējonis Addresses the United Nations

      "Solving existing problems is essential for preventing new ones," according to Latvia's President.

      Ukraine's sovereignty is a priority. 

    • 23:33

      Chile's President Michelle Bachelet Addresses the United Nations

      President Bachelet discusses their new endeavor to eliminate the use of plastic bags in all local businesses.

      She discusses the reformation of Chile's public education system, increasing education opportunities for those in need. The country's end goal is universal education.

      She also strongly condemns the testing of nuclear weapons.

      She urges Latin countries to work together.

    • 23:14

      The Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso Addresses the United Nations.

      "The increased tension on the Korean peninsula could lead to nuclear conflict on an unprecedented scale. The situation in Syria and Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and crises in Africa mean that there is now a moral and pressing need for peace."

      He also calls on the international community to help solve the crisis in Libya.

      He talks about climate change being a global challenge, calling upon the international community to work with Congo to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

      800,000 deaths occur every year due to counterfeit medicine. In addition to the work done by the World Health Organization, he urges the United Nations to take vigorous action to combat this threat. He asks for the unwavering commitment of all countries on this issue and urges for substantial financial allocations.

    • 22:51

      Argentina's Vice President Gabriela Michetti Addresses the United Nations

      Care for the environment is a priority for Argentina, Michetti says.

      Argentina is committed to the Paris agreement.

    • 22:40

      Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno Addresses the United Nations

    • 22:04

      Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Addresses the United Nations

    • 21:43

      The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May Addresses the United Nations

      Theresa May calls for increased cooperation between countries to resolve today's problems.

      "It is the fundamental values that we share that have created the common cause of nations to act in shared interest and act in a multilateral system."

    • 21:24

      Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa Addresses the United Nations

    • 21:07

      Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Addresses the United Nations

      Japan's Prime Minister Abe discusses North Korea's missile tests.

      "Both of these missiles were launched to fly over Japan. The gravity of this threat is unprecedented and indisputably a matter of urgency. North Korea's nuclear weapons are or are on the verge of becoming hydrogen bombs."

      The Prime Minister says time for North Korea dialogue is over and that Japan supports the United State's "all options on the table" stance.

    • 20:50

      Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte Addresses the United Nations

      Prime Minister Mark Rutte discusses that there is still hope despite the threats of terrorism and climate change.

    • 20:38

      President of the European Council Donald Tusk Addresses the United Nations

    • 20:21

      President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, Addresses the United Nations

      Palestinian President Abbas calls on the United Nations to "actively pusue efforts to bring an end to the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine within a set timeframe."

      The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to live in freedom and prosperity and as the independent state of Palestine with the occupied east Jerusalem as its capital."

      The Palestinian President also says that if a two state solution is not to be reached, "Palestine will have no choice but to continue the struggle and demand full rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine."he blacklist of countries illegally doing business in the Israeli settlements should be exposed to identify nations in breach of international statute, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

      "Why should we hide such list? It is similar to terrorism," Abbas said of the countries' efforts to deal in Israeli settlements. "We should expose it to see which countries violate international law."

      Last year, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved the creation of a database of all enterprises that have profited from business conducted in Israeli settlements.

      Abbas in his UN address also reiterated urgent calls on the international community to undertake concrete steps to end Israeli occupation and ensure a two-state solution.

      In June, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned the blacklist as another "shameful" anti-Israel measure taken by the UNHRC.

      Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition for their state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, along with the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in the occupied areas despite objections from the United Nations.

    • 18:37

      Iran's President: We Do Not Tolerate Threats From Anyone

      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his address to the UN General Assembly stated that the country hadn't threatened anybody and did not tolerate threats from anyone. He added that they believe in a dialogue, based on mutual respect.

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      Speaking about the crises in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, the Iranian President underlined that these conflicts do not have military solutions and could be only solved through the cessation of hostilities and the acceptance of the will and wishes of the people.

    • 18:29
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    • 18:16

      Bangladeshi Prime Minister Presents Six-Step Program to Resolve Rohingya Crisis

      Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has proposed a plan to de-escalate the ongoing crisis in the Myanmar's state of Rakhine, where the government forces and local Rohingya Muslim community are engaged in deadly clashes, local media reported Wednesday.

      According to bdnews24 outlet, Hasina put forward her de-escalation program, consisting of six steps, at the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, which is underway in New York.

      Under the plan, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister urged Myanmar to immediately end the military operation in Rakhine, reiterated her initiative to create "safe zones" in the conflict area to protect the civilian population, as well as called on Myanmar to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State led by ex-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

      The news outlet reported that the remaining requirements of Dhaka included immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees, and termination of Myanmar "state propaganda," which uses discriminating terms to refer to the Rohingya people.

      The key step of the proposed plan stipulates the return of 400,000 Rohingya refugees, who are currently accommodated in Bangladesh, to Myanmar's Rakhine.

      Some parts of Hasina's plan presented at the OIC Contact Group meeting, have already been officially put forward by Dhaka. In early September, Bangladesh offered Myanmar to agree on the creation of internationally secured "safe zones" in Rakhine to facilitate the return of the refugees. However, the Myanmar government refused to accept the initiative.

      On August 25, Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in Rakhine state. The attacks prompted a harsh response from the authorities. Hundreds of people have died in the continued clashes, while thousands have been forced to flee, most of them have ended up in neighboring Bangladesh.

      Representatives of the indigenous nationalities of Myanmar consider the Rohingya people, which were relocated to Rakhine from Bengal by UK colonial authorities in the 19th century, illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The nationalist organizations of Myanmar's indigenous peoples demand that all "illegal migrants," especially Muslims, should be expelled from Myanmar. Radical organizations have previously initiated riots, as a result of which several villages and towns of Rohingya have been burned to the ground in recent years.

    • 17:57

      UNSC Reportedly Passed Resolution on UN Peacekeeping

    • 17:52

      Protesters Gather Near UN General Assembly Headquarters in New York

      Thousands of people gathered in front of the UN Headquarters in NYC to rally against Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, calling for an end to the impunity of Tehran leaders.

      The Iranian leader is expected to address the UN General Assembly within the next several hours.Iranian-American activists organized a rally next to UN headquarters in New York against the government of Iran as President Hassan Rouhani delivered his address to the General Assembly on Wednesday.

      The protest was organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) and is planned to be held for 2.5 hours. Nasrin Saifi from OIAC told Sputnik that representatives from all US states are present at the gathering.

      "Thousands of people are here, ever since this morning people have been coming," Saifi said. "We want to say that Rouhani does not represent Iranian people and Iranian people want change, they want freedom, democracy and to be free to have a normal life as the rest of the Western people... We want to say that Rouhani should be evicted from the UN, the US."

      The protesters want the UN to know, Saifi added, that human rights violations have skyrocketed under Rouhani including the execution of 3,500 people, while the government has meddled in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and other countries.

      The participants at the rally are holding banners that say, "No to Rouhani" and "Time for a Free Iran," among others.

      Tehran said it has taken steps to protect human rights. In December, Rouhani unveiled a citizen's charter that guarantees the right to a fair trial and freedom of speech, among other human rights, local media reported.

    • 17:32

      Boris Johnson Speaks About UK Plans During 72nd UN General Assembly

      UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson prepared a short speech from the UN General Assembly in New York, revealing some parts of the country's plans during the event.

      UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to address the UN General Assembly later in the day.

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