UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Following were quotable quotes from the General Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday:
The release of the distasteful and insulting film " Innocence of Muslims" had caused widespread wave of protests across the Muslim world. The problem is compounded by the publication of offensive caricatures, which further angered Muslims. It is hard to understand why those responsible could resort to such actions knowing that it would offend and provoke 2 billion Muslims except for blatant malicious intent and purpose. It is our obligation as peace loving people and responsible governments to prevent a small minority of bigots to sow the seed of hatred between the Muslim world and the West. -- Anifah Aman, the foreign minister of Malyasia.
The global economic situation remains uncertain. Europe is in recession and growth in other places is weakening. There is increasing concern that this combination of weak consumer demand in developing countries and a continuing crisis in the Eurozone may lead to a global recession. An even greater danger, especially to small states like Singapore that depend on global trade, is the risk of increased protection. -- K Shanmugam, the foreign minister of Singapore.
The respect and promotion of the rule of law, at the national as well as at the international levels, are two sides of the same coin, which has in the wellbeing of the individuals its main purpose. It means also that neither the individuals nor the States are above the law, but subject to it. -- Luis Almagro, the foreign minister of Uruguay.
It is our strong view that the possession of weapons of mass destruction is not a guarantee of security or greater independence. Kazakhstan's own record goes to show that countries reap huge benefits from the renunciation of nuclear weapons. -- Kairat Umarov, the acting foreign minister of Kazakhstan.
A representative, transparent, responsive, accountable, democratic and inclusive Security Council, predicated on an increased membership in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, as well as modification of its working methods, is overdue. -- Murray McCully, the foreign minister of New Zealand.