The United Nations does an excellent job of posting the transcripts of
Security Council presentations shortly after they are given.
A list of recent Security Council presentations -- including those
made on September 15th, 2003 -- can be found here:
The actual texts of the remarks by the Palestinian and Israeli
representatives can be found here:
I have excerpted the first few paragraphs of their remarks below.
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Mr. Al-Kidwa (Palestine) (spoke in Arabic): I
should like to congratulate you, Sir, on your
assumption of the presidency of the Security Council
for the current month and to welcome you to the United
Nations. I should also like to thank the sisterly
delegation of Syria for its excellent stewardship of the
Council the past month and to congratulate His
Excellency Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad on assuming
his new duties as Permanent Representative of the
Syrian Arab Republic.
Last Thursday, the threats of Israel, the occupying
Power, against the Palestinian people and the
Palestinian leadership reached a new level with the
decision by the so-called Israeli security cabinet to
remove Yasser Arafat and to request the Israeli army
to draw up a plan for the expulsion of the elected
President of the Palestinian Authority. At this critical
juncture, it must be firmly and unequivocally stated
that the land of Palestine and its people are not the
property of the occupying Power and that to carry out
such an action or even to constantly reiterate such a
threat would be considered an assault on the
Palestinian national dignity; it would mean the end of
the Palestinian Authority and would signal the actual
demise of any peace process between the two sides. In
addition, it should be recalled that international law
specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949
is clear in its prohibition of such a war crime....
Mr. Gillerman (Israel): I should like at the outset
to congratulate you, Sir, on you assumption of the
presidency of the Council for the month of September.
Let me also wish you well in assuming the
representation of your great country.
Two days ago, on 13 September, we
commemorated the tenth anniversary of the signing of
the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn.
That was a time of hope for the people of the region
and of the world that the leadership on both sides was
committed to a peaceful and negotiated resolution of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At that time, and
despite well-founded reservations, Israel was willing to
believe that Yasser Arafat had abandoned the path of
terrorism and embarked on the road to true
reconciliation and mutual recognition. It was on the
basis of that commitment that Mr. Arafat entered
Palestinian Authority territory to implement his
obligations under signed agreements....