UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Key quotes from world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly gatherings on Wednesday.
"The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end." — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global cease-fire on the International Day of Peace marked Wednesday.
"I believe this is like a PR exercise, I mean a public relations exercise." — Venezuela's U.N. Ambassador Rafael Ramirez Carreno on the United States and Russia blaming each other for Syria's failing cease-fire.
"The arms will be melted and will become three monuments to peace: one here in New York, one in Cuba, where the peace negotiations took place, and another one in Colombia. These monuments will remind us that the bullets are behind us and the construction of a new and better country has begun!" — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Colombia's peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
"In Japan we are holding our breath and watching the course of your presidential campaign." — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the U.S. election.
"How can Islam possibly give permission for terrorism and suicide attacks to take the lives of thousands of innocent people, when it clearly considers human as the representative of God on earth, assigns him dignity and gives him heavenly deposits in the holy verses of Quran and also considers killing of one innocent human equal that of killing all of humanity?" — Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danesh.
"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. Over a hundred Kashmiris have been killed, hundreds, including children and infants, blinded by shotgun pellets and over six thousand unarmed civilians injured over the past two months." — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, slamming suppression of protests by archrival India in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
"The terrorist component of the undeclared hybrid war that Russia wages against Ukraine is evident." — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.