Thirteen of the fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council voted on Monday (8th April) for a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN force in the Middle East by six months.
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SV President Talib el-Shibib of Iraq speaking.
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SV Kurt Waldheim
SV Iraq President speaking
PRESIDENT OF UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, TALIB EL-SHIBIB: "Draft Resolution which is before the Council is contained in Document 11. 252. Will those in favour please raise their hands. Those opposed? Abstentions? Result of the vote is as follows: Thirteen votes in favour, nil votes against and no abstentions. Two delegations did not participate in the voting. The Draft Resolution has therefore been adopted.
We feel that these issues are of importance not only to this particular case but to all future operations of United Nations in the field of peace-keeping. If practices of discrimination are allowed to continue then the future of participation of governments in the formation of UN peace-keeping forces will be in jeopardy and the whole principle of (indistinct word) geographical distribution and composition will be in danger."
During the debate, the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister, Jacob Malik said the Council should consider whether the extra expenses caused by Israel's refusal to allow freedom of movement to all contingents might not be charged to Israel.
In a statement after the vote, the Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah countered the criticism. In a statement he said: "States guilty of a discriminatory and biased policy towards a party to the conflict are not entitled to demand free access to areas under that party's control for their military contingents or for those other states that have adopted similar inequitable positions.
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Background: Thirteen of the fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council voted on Monday (8th April) for a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN force in the Middle East by six months. The Council President, Talib el-Shibib, of Iraq, put the draft resolution to the vote. Iraq, which holds the Council Presidency for April, dissociated itself from the decision to extend the force's mandate as did The Peoples' Republic of China, which opposed the operation.
The great powers are specifically bared from providing contingents to the 7,000 man twelve-nation army which now separates Israeli and Egyptian troops. It remains ready for duty in the troubled Golan Heights if called on.
Problems of the freedom of movement of contingents from certain countries - Poland, Ghana, Indonesia and Senegal - which do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, have been the cause of problems on the ground. The President of the Council, Talib el-Shibib referred to these after the members had voted on the force's extension of duty: