Mr. Mouaffak Allaf, the Syrian Ambassador at the United Nations, warned the General Assembly on?
Mr. Mouaffak Allaf, the Syrian Ambassador at the United Nations, warned the General Assembly on Monday (1 December) that the U.N peacekeeping mandate on the Golan Heights would not be extended indefinitely to protect Israel.
Opening the Assembly's debate on the Middle East, Mr. Allaf said that the Security Council resolution - which on Sunday (30 November) renewed the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force for another six months - had hit Israel with "a painful truth."
The Ambassador told the Assembly delegates that the peacekeeping force would not serve as an international occupation contingent providing "a protective line for the Zionist aggressive forces."
He also said that Israel could not expect to "push a button" for the force to remain on the Golan Heights automatically.
Earlier, Israel had reacted angrily to the Security Council decision to renew the mandate. It labelled the move "a surrender to blackmail and Soviet dictates" because the renewal was linked to the full debate next January on the Middle East, to which the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) would be invited.
Mr. Allaf demanded whether "the representatives of the Zionist regime" meant that all those who voted for the Security Council resolution gave in no Syrian blackmail and Soviet dictates.
Mr. Allaf said that he did not think the United States delegates would be happy with the accusation.
Israel regards the PLO as a terrorist organisation and refuses to deal with it. its stand has been supported by the United States.