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    The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was admitted to a United Nations Security Council debate which began on Monday (22 March) on the current state of unrest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area.

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    The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was admitted to a United Nations Security Council debate which began on Monday (22 March) on the current state of unrest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area.

    It is the first time the PLO and Israel have faced each other in the Council. Israel boycotted Middle East debates in December and January when the PLO was invited to take part.

    The Council is considering charges by Libya and Pakistan that Israel was changing the status of Jerusalem, desecrating holy places and repressing the Arab inhabitants of Jerusalem and other West Bank towns.

    The Libyan delegate, Mr. Mansur Kikhia, who opened the debate, said the PLO had drawn attention to the widespread protests and demonstrations against the occupation authorities.

    The PLO representative, Mr. Zehdi Terzi, told the Council that prolonged occupation coupled with inhuman practices affecting human rights had brought matters to a grave state. He said a remedy should be sought through the elimination of the cause of confrontation, namely termination of occupation, and the sooner the better.

    Egyptian delegate, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid, said the Security Council should adopt a resolution condemning Israel's actions in the occupied Arab territories and calling for the exercise by the Palestine people of the right to self-determination.

    Mr. Chaim Herzog, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, said the PLO was using the United Nations to further its own ends. Mr. Herzog said that while war threatened in a number of areas, and momentous vital decisions were outstanding in Africa, the Security Council was obliged to cease such discussions to accommodate the PLO.

    Earlier, the United States of America had been the only country await vote against allowing the PLO to join the debate. Britain, France and Italy all abstained from voting and 11 countries voted to allow the PLO to enter the debate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5KJ4AETD7LQ0M4E4W7KDBQESC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KJ4AETD7LQ0M4E4W7KDBQESC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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