The 29th Session of the United Nations General Assembly ended on Tuesday (16 September) with a challenge to Israel's continued membership in the world body.
GV INTERIOR ZOOM TO U.N. President Bouteflika speaking in French
CU Syrian representative condemns Israel in Arabic
SV Delegates listen
SV Israeli delegate speaks in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ISRAELI DELEGATE: "Mr. President, the delegation of Israel rejects the unwarranted and ill-conceived intervention by the Syrian delegation injecting as is their wont a discordant note into this Assembly which has been characterised by an atmosphere of consensus. Neither this action nor any a???er disruptive action by Syria or other countries will deter my government from its policy of seeking accord with its neighbours or moving along the road towards peace in the Middle East."
This film comes serviced with remarks by Mouffak Allaf in Arabic and Chaim Herzog in English. Mr. Herzog's remarks are transcribed below:
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Background: The 29th Session of the United Nations General Assembly ended on Tuesday (16 September) with a challenge to Israel's continued membership in the world body.
The 29th Session completed its work on the same day that the 30th Session began. The 29th Session had carried over some unfinished business from its meeting last year.
Session President Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika presided over the debate in which Syrian delegate Mouffak Allaf said "the Zionist regime" of Israel was "racist, aggressive and ... violates the essential conditions for qualifications of membership .. within our organisation".
He said Israel did not comply with the U.N. charter and should be banished.
Israeli delegate Chaim Herzog called the criticism "unwarranted and ill-conceived". But he said nothing would dissuade Israel from "seeking accord with its neighbours and moving along the road towards peace".
The debate at the closing of the 29th session foreshadows the possibility of a drive in the new 30th Session to strip Israel of its U.N. membership. It also suggested the hurdles ahead in negotiations between Israel and Syria over occupied territories in the Middle East.
Syria's attack was prompted by the decision without a vote to accept the credentials of all the countries participating in the Special Session, including Israel.