The United Nations General Assembly has been debating the Middle East situation for a week.?
The United Nations General Assembly has been debating the Middle East situation for a week. Today (Friday), they voted in favour of a 12-paragraph resolution--by 86 votes to 7, with 31 abstentions--whose main points reaffirmed its resolution of December 13, 1971, which called on Israelis to respond favourably to the peace initiative of Dr. Gunnar Jarring, the U.N. Middle East representative; the current resolution also deplores Israel's non-compliance of the previous resolution.
Our film shows yesterday's (Thursday) debate, and three of the speakers. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Baroody said in English:
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations General Assembly has been debating the Middle East situation for over a week. Voting on the delicate issue took place on Friday--and on Thursday several delegates gave their positions before reaching the final vote. One was Saudi Arabian Ambassador Baroody:
"So I think everybody...."
"....inside the Arab world."
The Egyptian delegation listened as Spanish Ambassador Jaime de Pines--who was later to vote in favour of the resolution--addressed the Assembly.
"The international community and the United Nations must redouble once again their efforts to put an end to this situation which persists in the Middle East. If, last year, it was neither one of peace or of war, this year we have seen it escalate through several armed incidents. This Organisation must continue to effort for a just and stable peace in this area--which will allow, precisely because it is just, that all the people there live and cooperate in peaceful coexistence."
The U.S. delegation had requested a separate vote on the issue of aid to Israel--but this was rejected, and they abstained on the final vote. But France, whose Ambassador Louis de Guiringaud spoke next, voted in favour.
Monsieur de Guiringaud said: "Whereas on February 15 the Arab Republic of Egypt agreed to make specific commitments on the integral implementation of resolution 242, Israel, in its communication of February 26, while taking cognizance of the Egyptian position, stated that it would not withdraw to the boundaries existing before June 5, 1967. This implied imposing a prerequisite to the opening of any negotiations. Israel thus assumed a grave responsibility, for the present impasse originated with this statement."