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Quotes from the gathering of world leaders at the UN

Posted September 21

— Key quotes from world leaders at the U.N. meetings on Wednesday.

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"This is not a joke." — U.S Secretary of State John Kerry during a Security Council debate on Syria, sharply criticizing those who engage in "word games" to dodge responsibility over questions of "war and peace, life and death."

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"I believe this is like a PR exercise." — Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, describing the Security Council meeting on Syria.

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"With regard to the Syrian crisis, the international community is still unable to take concert decisions to save the Syrian people from the crimes that take place there, murders, destruction and displacement all of which is made by President Bashar Assad." — Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the deputy prime minister.

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"The terrorist component of the undeclared hybrid war that Russia wages against Ukraine is evident." — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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"This indigenous uprising of the Kashmiris has been met, as usual, with brutal repression by India's occupation force of over half a million soldiers." — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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"Today - ladies and gentlemen - we have a reason for hope: There is one less war on the planet. And that is the war in Colombia." — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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"In Japan we are holding our breath and watching the course of your presidential campaign." — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the U.S. presidential election.

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"We must not treat women only as victims of conflict and violence. Women are powerful agents of change." — Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

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