The United Arab Republic's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohamed Awad El Kony, spoke after the Israeli Ambassador Monday morning (5 June) at an emergency session of the Security Council.
The United Arab Republic's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohamed Awad El Kony, spoke after the Israeli Ambassador Monday morning (5 June) at an emergency session of the Security Council. The session was called after reports reached the U.M. early Monday that full scale fighting had begun between Israel and the Arab states principally, the United Arab Republic, Jordan, and Syria.
In earlier comments, the Israel delegate had given a report of what he said were attacks by the U.A.R. against his nation. Mr. El Kony responded with his side of the story. Here is a transcript of some of his remarks, as recorded on our film:
"Mr. President, at this moment while I am addressing the Security Council, and for several hours now the Israeli Armed Forces and the Israeli Air Force have again committed a cowardly and treacherous aggression against my country. Air ports in Cairo, right in the hear of the United Arab Republic, air ports in the Suez Canal area, far away from the demarcation lines and other airports have been bombarded since the early morning of today. The preliminary reports indicate that tens of Israeli airplanes were shot down and several pilots captured.
This treacherous aggression was accompanied by other acts of aggression in Gaza, Sinai, and heavily against Canune (Phonetic). The reports indicate that the dimensions of the Israeli air attack are so wide that no one can doubt the premedicated nature of this aggression.
And yet we have just been told that the Israeli did not initiate any action and that they were, in fact attacked by us. These Israeli manuvers are not new. The happenings of the early hours of the day indicate beyond doubt that the Israelis had as usual engineer and planned this aggression of today.
Mr. President, in view of this treacherous aggression, my count has no other choice than to defend itself by all means at its disposal according to article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.
WE shall most certainly continue to do so. Mr. President, this aggression should be vigorously condemned by the Security Council."