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STATEMENT BY

H.E. SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED ARAB STATES

In the Name of All ah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, Peace be upon you ALL.

H.E. President Abdullah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey.

H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan.

Members of the Esteemed Delegations.

Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would like to begin by expressing my boundless gratitude to the Republic of Turkey for their warm hospitality and impeccable organization of this conference which is held at a significant juncture of human history. Massive changes are taking place for which we must act in unison, in order to whether the downside of these changes.

May I take this opportunity also to thank H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, for his effective role in establishing this organization which was launched by the United Nations in the 47th session of the General Assembly in 199Z Since its inception it has been working towards consolidating cooperation between member nations for the sake of stability and security of the region. It also aspires towards maintaining peace, resolving conflicts and strengthening regional and international efforts at fighting terror and cementing tolerance, transparency and mutual confidence.

The UAE strongly condemns the barbaric and criminal Israeli aggression against the freedom flotilla. We call upon the international community to hold Israel to count for its inhuman aggression, and we call upon the Secretary General of the UN to promptly start an international investigation about this shameful incident that culminates in a comprehensive report.

May we also pay our deepest condolences to the Turkish Republic and to the bereaved families of the Martyrs, wishing the injured quick and sound recovery.

          Ladies and Gentlemen.

The cooperation between members of this organization is a reflection of its international role and ability to deal with challenges and tensions and to reach fair solutions for all problems facing member nations. That is why we hold this organization in high regard. Hence our belief in this gathering as a good opportunity to discuss development projects and all issues contributing to stability and prosperity.

The UAE condemns unequivocally all forms of terrorism. We strongly stand by the efforts aiming at cleansing the Arabian Gulf and Middle East Region of mass murder weapons so

that peace, security and stability can be fully guaranteed. Our nations should only focus on their right to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.

We in the UA!E continuously work towards widening the scope of economics and investment cooperation, giving high priority to encouraging the private sector initiatives within the member countries.

May I wind up, Ladies and Gentlemen, by once again paying tribute to the organizers of this conference, wishing you fruitful deliberations and successful results.