The United States has sided with Gulf nations and called on the U.N. Security Council to take a clear stand against an escalation of the Iran-Iraq conflict.
1. GV Security Council in session 0.02
2. SV Djibouti's UN Ambassador, S.H. Farah Dirir speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 1.11
3. SV U.S. Deputy Permanent Ambassador TO UN, Jose S. Sorzano speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 1.34
4. SVs Delegates listen as Turkey's UN Ambassador Coskun Kirca speaks (ENGLISH SOT) 2.18
5. SVs Delegates listen as Tunisia's Ambassador Nejib Bouziri speaks (FRENCH SOT) (2 shots) 3.03
DIRIR: (SEQ. TWO): "Iran has now defied international law and order by intensifying its hostilities in the Gulf, by violating the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and practical independence of the neighbouring Arab states in the region. The Djibouti delegation, Mr. President, haunted by this background, of failures in international efforts in the Gulf crisis, haunted by the current intensification of Iranian hostilities against the Gulf states, is more than ever anxious to witness the success of the current debate to take the right course in averting the crisis. It's for this reason that my delegation urges the Security Council to consider with more intent, the legitimacy and gravity of the complaint of the Gulf states against the aggression of the Iranian war machine on the oil tankers and other commercial vessels to and from the Arab Gulf countries which are not and have never been in a state of was with Iran."
SORZANO: (SEQ. 3): "We earnestly desire an overall settlement. We welcome the fact that one party to the war accepted in principle the ceasefire called for in Security Council Resolution 540 and we hope that in time, the time will come when both parties can agree to a ceasefire, and mediation leading to a resolution of their differences."
KIRCA: (SEQ. 4): "We have warned from the start, that the Iran-Iraq conflict had shattered more than the relations between these two major powers in the area. The armed confrontation between them, we stated could also bring about dangerous entanglements in the entire Gulf region. Clearly, any further deterioration and destabilisation in the Gulf, would have drastic consequences for international peace, and constitute a great threat to global security."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS
The United States has sided with Gulf nations and called on the U.N. Security Council to take a clear stand against an escalation of the Iran-Iraq conflict. Gulf states on May 30, formally submitted to the Security Council, a resolution condemning recent attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf. Iran was mentioned only in the preamble as being responsible for strikes against commercial shipping in the area. An earlier draft, which would have singled out Iran for direct condemnation from the U.N. body, was modified. Members taking part in the debate, which started on May 25, have called for prompt action to defuse current tensions in the Gulf area. Djibouti's Ambassador, Farah Dirir, accused Iran of violating the territorial integrity of its neighbours. Ambassador Jose Sorzano of the United States, said Washington wanted a ceasefire, and an overall settlement of the conflict. Turkey's Ambassador, Nejib Bouziri, called on the Security Council to intervene in the conflict.