The Security Council of the United Nations continued its debate on Wednesday (April 18th) on the Israeli raids into Beirut and Sidon the previous week.
The Security Council of the United Nations continued its debate on Wednesday (April 18th) on the Israeli raids into Beirut and Sidon the previous week. Lebanon has complained that Israel has committed acts of aggression against it.
Afterwards the Council adjourned for private consultations about the drafting of a resolution condemning the Israeli actions. The exact wording is of crucial importance. While there is general support for a condemnatory motion, many delegates fear that the United Nations will v???to any resolution which it considers one-sided.
Two of the speakers on Wednesday who lent their support to the Lebanese position were S???nor Aquilino Boyd from Panama and M. Louis de Guiringaud from France. A translation of their speeches follows:
SYNOPSIS: He said that the facts clearly showed that the Israelis had conducted a punitive operation rather than an act of self-defence. Since this was directly contrary to the United Nations charter, Panama must support Lebanon's condemnation of Israel's actions. He agreed with Israel that there had been other acts of violence in the confused turmoil of the Middle-East. It was often hard to tell who were terrorists and who were patriots. But that was a totally separate, more abstract matter. What they had to discuss there and then was Lebanon's complaint against Israel. Israel had made an attack in flagrant violation of international law. The Security Council must protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of members of the United Nations, such as Lebanon.
Mr. Yosef, T???koah, the Israeli delegate, was present.
The French delegate, M. Louis de Giringaud, spoke next.
He said that he did not believe that the Palestinian cause gained anything by what he called terrorist raids which were an affront to the most basic human rights. He stressed, however, that it was necessary to make a distinction between, on the one hand, the Palestinian terrorism, which was carried out by men who were more or less uncontrolled, even if they did spring from avowed political movements -- and on the other hand, the Israeli counter-terrorism which was organised and controlled by a State recognised by the international community. Israel was also a member of the United Nations and therefore obliged to respect the standards and rules of their organisation. Force would not solve the problems of the Middle East, he went on. The Israelis had made the matter worse by attacking the Lebanon. She could not control the legitimate aspirations of three-hundred-thousand Palestinians on her territory.