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Quotes from the gathering of world leaders at the UN

Posted September 20

— Key quotes from world leaders at the opening of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

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"Present in this hall today are representatives of governments that have ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned and carried out atrocities inflicted by all sides of the Syria conflict against Syrian civilians." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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"Theoretically, the majority of the countries of the world stood by the Syrian people but practically, they were left alone, supported only by some loyal friends. Red lines were set for the regime who has violated them, yet those who demarcated those lines have not been provoked to raise a finger." -- Qatari emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

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"They want to wipe out our achievements and those of our ancestors; to erase human civilization, and drag us back to the dark ages," Jordanian King Abdullah II on the threat posed by "extremist terrorists."

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"In a world that left the age of empire behind, we see Russia attempting to recover lost glory through force," U.S. President Barack Obama.

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"Impeaching a president is certainly not a trivial matter in a democratic regime. But there is no democracy without rule of law — without rules applicable to all, including the most powerful. This is what Brazil is showing the world," Brazilian President Michel Temer.

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"When we speak of addressing the climate change problem, let us remember that there are real souls suffering the effects out there," Malawian President Peter Mutharika.

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