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    On Thursday (25 March) night the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have criticised Israeli actions in the occupied territories of Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan river.

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    On Thursday (25 March) night the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have criticised Israeli actions in the occupied territories of Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan river.

    According to Reuters this move dimmed Arab hopes and eased Israeli fears of a shift in United States policy.

    With all other members of the 15-nation Council - including Britain, France and Italy - voting for the resolution, the new United States representative, Mr. William Scranton, cast the only negative vote. Coming rom one of the five permanent Council members this had the effect of blocking the resolution.

    The draft resolution would have deplored Israel's "failure to put a stop to actions and policies tending to change the status of the city of Jerusalem".

    The resolution, sponsored by Benin, Guyana, Pakistan, Panama and Tanzania, was presented after a Council debate on the situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, scenes of Arab demonstrations over the past month.

    Two days ago a Council speech by Mr. Scranton won guarded approval from Arab delegates and brought sharp reaction from Israel. He called the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories an obstacle to peace negotiations and said unilateral action could not predetermine the future of Jerusalem.

    But on Thursday he said that it was wrong to suggest that Israel aimed at changing the religious character of Jerusalem and that the resolution would not help towards a peaceful Middle East settlement.

    SYNOPSIS: On Thursday the United Nations Security Council debated a resolution criticising Israeli actions in occupied territories.

    The resolution, sponsored by Benin, Guyana, Pakistan, Panama and Tanzania was then put to the vote by the Council president, Tiamiou Adjibade of Benin. 14 of the 15 Council members -- including Britain, France and Italy -- voted for the resolution but the United States representative William Scranton voted against it. As the U.S. is one of five permanent Council members his vote had the effect of a veto, blocking the resolution.

    According to Reuters this move dimmed Arab hopes and eased Israeli fears of a shift in United Stats policy. Earlier Mr. Scranton had called the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories an obstacle to peace negotiations and he said that unilateral actions could not predetermine the future of Jerusalem. Had the resolution been passed it would have deplored Israel's "failure to put a stop to actions and policies tending to change the status of the city of Jerusalem".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52VTEZOHVOVIQV5DQUQAYAENM
    Media URN:
    VLVA52VTEZOHVOVIQV5DQUQAYAENM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:15:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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