The United Nations Security Council was called into emergency sess??? yesterday (Saturday) to debate the?
GV & SV Lebanese delegate arriving, other delegates (2 shots) (Silent)
STV ZOOM IN TO TV Lebanese delegate speaking
TV Delegates seated (Silent) (5 shots)
STV Israeli delegate speaking
First, Mr Kabbani. He claimed the latest Israeli incursion was the largest ever:
"The Israeli aggression which occurred yesterday was of the largest magnitude ever directed against Lebanon and has involved the entire southern part of the country.
The military operation which Israel undertook yesterday in Lebanon, and today, was out of proportion to the alleged act attributed to the Fedayeen in Israel.
My government categorically rejects the Israeli allegation that the incident which occurred on Israeli held territory originated from Lebanon.
"The Security Council is again faced with a situation for the creation of which the government of Lebanon is completely responsible, and for which it should only blame itself. It is too well known that for a long time, and contrary to its explicit obligations and to international law, to the Charter of the United Nations and the ceasefire established by the Security Council and accepted by the Government of Lebanon on 31st July, 1967, the Government of Lebanon have permitted a number of terrorist organisations not only to set up their headquarters in Beirut, but to establish bases and encampments, some within Lebanese villages and others near such villages."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council was called into emergency sess??? yesterday (Saturday) to debate the latest border clashes between the Israelis and the Lebanese.
Lebanon had requested the session to protest against Israeli "acts of aggression", culminating in a large-scale air and ground attack on Friday morning. Lebanese Ambassador Najati Kabbani demanded that the Security Council invoke sanctions against Israel. His charges were repudiated by Israeli Ambassador Jacob Doron, who accused the Lebanese of continuing to provide bases for Palestinian guerrillas.
But Mr Doron, the Israeli Ambassador, counter-claimed that Lebanon was to blame for the action because of its policy of continuing to provide guerrilla bases: