The Middle East situation -- and on Friday (22 October) the United Nations Security Council voted 13 to nil to renew the mandate for keeping U.
CU INT U.N. Security Council President Iqbal Akhund addressing Council on Sinai peace-keeping mandate debate
SV President calling for vote on mandate renewal
SV PAN Delegates voting
SVs President announcing result of vote (2 shots)
U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT, IQBAL AKHUND: "The Security Council have asked me to make it clear that should developments occur which would lead the Secretary-General to consider it appropriate to report to the Council at an earlier date they would, of course, expect him to do so. And that he would continue his efforts to assist the early resumption to the negotiations for a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East. I've further been asked to say by the delegations of China and Libya that they should not participate in the vote on this resolution and as a result they do not subscribe to the brief statement which I have just read out on behalf of the members of the Council. Will those in favour of the draft resolution please raise their hands? --- Those opposed? The result of the vote is as follows: The dra??? resolution received 13 votes in favour, non against, no abstentions. Two members of the Council did not participate in the vote. The draft resolution has therefore been adopted."
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Background: The Middle East situation -- and on Friday (22 October) the United Nations Security Council voted 13 to nil to renew the mandate for keeping U.N. peace-keeping forces in the buffer zone of the Sinai Desert for another year. China and Libya did not participate in the voting. The peace-keeping force has now been in Sinai for two and a half years, and negotiations between Israel and Egypt are at a standstill. However, the Security Council President, Mr. Iqbal Akhund of Pakistan, said if there were developments between the two countries, the Security Council may be called on to reconsider its decision.