The United States has joined other members of the Security Council in adopting a statement that "strongly deplores" Israeli policies in the occupied Arab territories.
GV INTERIOR: United Nations Security Council.
SV: United States deputy representative Albert Sherer addressing Council.
SHERER: "Thank you, Mr. President. The United states has joined the other members of the Security Council in a consensus statement which you have read, because we believe this statement affirms several important principles in regard to the occupied territories. First is the principle of the fourth Geneva Convention applies to the present situation in the occupied territories. Under this convention and under international law, the occupying power has rights as well as responsibilities. Secondly, we have supported, and continue to supported, the principle that persons displaced in the 1967 war should be permitted to return to their places of habitation at the time of that war. Finally we welcome the concern in this statement for the sanctity of the holy places which we consider to be a particularly sensitive and important matter."
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Background: The United States has joined other members of the Security Council in adopting a statement that "strongly deplores" Israeli policies in the occupied Arab territories. The statement, agreed by all 15 members of the Council on Thursday (11 November), expressed "grave anxiety over the present serious situation in the occupied Arab territories as a result of continued Israeli occupation". It called upon Israel as the occupying power to comply strictly with the Geneva convention governing such matters.
SYNOPSIS: Deputy representative Mr. Albert Sherer spoke for the United States.