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    The United Nations General Assembly has again been debating the situation in the Middle East.?

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    The United Nations General Assembly has again been debating the situation in the Middle East. The debate was scheduled to end on Monday evening, December 4.

    Among speakers on Friday (1 December), were the British delegate, Sir Colin Crowe, and the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Mr. Ahmed Taibi Benhima.

    Sir Colin said Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967, remained the best and only realistic basis for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. (The revolution, which established the mission of United Nations mediator, Dr. Gunnar Jerring, laid down guidelines for peace.) Sir Colin said Britain was firmly committed to the provisions of Resolution 242. But he said implementation could be achieved in stages, with any progress made being an impetus for future advances. The British delegate said the future of the Palestinians should be the feature of any settlement and a first step might be agreement by Israel to allow the return to the West Bank of the Jordan, those displaced in 1967.

    Mr. Benhima of Morocco said Israel had made no favourable response to the peace initiatives of the great powers, to the suggestions of the Secretary-General or the efforts of Dr. Jarring. He said anyone who doubted Israel's expansionist ambitions should be convinced by now--one had only to look at a map. He said that since 1948 , Israel had not only taken over all of Palestine, but also large parts of Jordan, Syria and Egypt. He said that unfortunately, the United Nations had shown itself impotent in the face of repeated aggression by Israel.

    SYNOPSIS: The British delegate to the United Nations, Sir Colin Crows, suggested in the General Assembly on Friday that real and lasting peace in the Middle East could be achieved in stages.

    Another speaker in the debate was the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Mr. Ahmed Taibi Benhima. He criticised Israel for not sending its Foreign Minister to take part in the debate. Mr. Benhima claimed Israel had made no favourable response to the peace initiatives of the great powers, to the suggestions of the Secretary General, or the efforts of U.N. mediator, Dr. Gunnar Jarring.

    The Moroccan Foreign Minister said anyone who doubted Israel's expansionist ambitions should be convinced by now--they only had to look at a map. Since nineteen-forty-eight, he said, Israel had not only taken over all of Palestine, but also large parts of Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Mr. Benhima said that unfortunately, the United Nations had shown itself impotent in the face of what he called repeated aggression by Israel.

    Israel has warned that if the Assembly adopts a one sided resolution in the current debate, it would threaten Israeli acceptance of the nineteen-sixty-seven peace guidelines.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BTIYPS7ICAY6J7FX2KINWJ93
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BTIYPS7ICAY6J7FX2KINWJ93
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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