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UN General Assembly 2011: General Assembly Debates Open

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The 66th Session of the U.N. General Assembly debate opens today in New York City with remarks from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.

Review the live updates from this morning below:

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@ elinegordts : Bolivian president Evo Morales at #UNGA: "Palestine should be recognized as a member of the UN"

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds his hands to his face as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.

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In 2013 it will be 180 years since the Argentineans were expelled from the Malvinas (Falkland Islands). President Fernández calls on the UK to sit down and negotiate on sovereignty for the Islas Malvinas, which she emphasizes legitimately correspond to Argentina.

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Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner reaffirms the need to create clear rules regarding financial speculation.

Fernández hopes Palestine will take the 194th seat at the UN.

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Sarkozy suggests giving Palestine United Nations observer state status. The ultimate goal must be mutual recognition of two nation-states based on 1967 lines.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says if Israel and Palestine wish to enter into negotiations, there must be no pre-conditions.

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Last year Kazakhstan became the first CIS country to join the OSCE.

Nazarbayev calls for dialogue between Islamic world and the West.

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Calderón: Mexico this year will achieve universal healthcare, with hospital care for any citizen needing it.

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Obama raises attention to the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa: "The life of a child in Somalia is as precious as that of any other," the president says.

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Obama on Palestine-Israel: "There are no shortcuts, that is what the United Nations should be focused on."

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Palestinian representative shakes his head disapprovingly while listening to Obama's speech.

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Obama: "Our friendship with Israel is deep."

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Obama repeats negotiations between the parties is the only way to accomplish peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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Obama recalls standing before the UN one year ago and calling for a Palestinian state. "I believed then and I believe now that the Palestinians deserve a state fo their own ... I am convinced that there is no shortcut to end a conflict that has lived for decades ... peace depends on compromise."

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Obama: Men and women are being tortured by the Syrian regime ... Will we stand with the Syrian people or with their oppressors?"

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@ HuffPostWorld : Obama (for third time): 'Peace is hard'

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Obama: "The way things have been is not the way they will be."

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Obama on Libya: "Today Libya is free, yesterday the leaders of a new Libya took their place among us, tomorrow the United States is reopening its embassy in Libya."

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Obama looks back at the developments in the Arab World. One year ago Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were still under the rule of dictators, the president says.

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Obama: "This year has been a time of extraordinary transformations."

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Obama: "Yes, this has been a difficult decade."

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Obama: "Let there be no doubt, the tide of war is receding"

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@ StateDept : Live Now: President Obama addresses the @UN General Assembly. Watch on htttp://wh.gov/live #UNGA

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Rousseff welcomes Sudan as the youngest member of the United Nations, but she regrets not being able to recognize Palestine as a full member of the world body. Rousseff adds: "We believe the time has come for Palestine to be represented as a full member."

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Rousseff: "We must tackle the causes and not only the consequences of global instability."

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