The annual debate on the Middle East opened in the United Nations' General Assembly on Wednesday (29 November) on what was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the partitioning of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.
GV PAN From General Assembly to Egyptian F.M. El-Zayyat
SCU Zayyat speaking
SV President's table in General Assembly
GV ZOOM TO CU Israeli Ambassador Tekoah speaking
A transcript of Foreign Minister El-Zayyat's and Israeli Ambassador Takoah's statements follows:
MR. EL-ZAYYAT: "In the present circumstances when Israel is flouting each and every principle of our Charter, when Israel is disregarding each and every resolution adopted by the United Nations, when Israel is shunning and undermining each and every initiative, the international community should determine to remind Israel by unequivocal action that it cannot continue to pursue this policy of defiance and arrogance with impunity."
MR. TEKOAH: "Mr President, the main obstacle to peace is still the Arab Governments' fundamental attitude towards Israel in flagrant violation of the Charter, their apparent longing for Israel's downfall, their resort to and identification with means, even such as savage terrorism, that envisage Israel's ultimate destruction and the indiscriminate slaughter of its people. Yet it would take only one decision to change it all. A single decision would be sufficient to accept the justice of Israel's rebirth. It would only take one decision to stop inculcating the Arab peoples with fanatical hatred and bloodthirst toward Israel and begin teaching them that Jews and Arabs are brothers, that they are of the same family, of similar language, of related civilisations and, above all, that they must end their feuds and live together and in peace."
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Background: The annual debate on the Middle East opened in the United Nations' General Assembly on Wednesday (29 November) on what was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the partitioning of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states.
Egypt urged the United Nations to warn Israel that unless it fulfilled its Charter obligations, it could face suspension and possible expulsion from the organisation.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Zayyat also reminded members that the Security Council had the power, through economic sanctions and other coercive action, to "put an end to aggression and to establish peace by the force of law."
In reply to the Egyptian delegate's remarks, Israeli Ambassador Josef Tekoah reaffirmed his government's readiness to negotiate peace without any pre-conditions. And, he said, Israel was ready to engage in talks aimed at an accord for the reopening of the Suez Canal.