At the United Nations, police barricades were erected and tight security maintained on Wednesday (29 November) as the world body observed for the first time what will become an annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
At the United Nations, police barricades were erected and tight security maintained on Wednesday (29 November) as the world body observed for the first time what will become an annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. The vent marks the 31st anniversary of the General Assembly's resolution partitioning Palestine in 1947.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations building was closed to the public for the day, after people sympathetic to israel and hostile to the Palestinian cause threatened protest demonstrations outside the United Nations building on Manhattan's East Side in New York City. But the day passed off peacefully.
Opening the meeting in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, the Chairman, Mr. Medoune Fall of Senegal, was critical of members who had stayed away from the session. He reminded them that boycotts and other methods of confrontation did not promote a spirit of dialogue which should prevail in the United Nations.
The United States and countries of the European Common Market were among Western nations who boycotted the anniversary. Most of them had opposed the decision taken by the General Assembly a year ago, to hold the commemoration day.
Mr. Esmat Abdel Meguid from Egypt read the text of a message from President Anwar Sadat. In it, he reaffirmed that the current Washington talks sought to further the aspirations of all Arabs, and especially the Palestinian people. The day before the anniversary, a General Assembly committee had approved three resolutions condemning Israeli policies in the occupied Arab territories. Because the committee was made up of all members of the United Nations, the three resolutions are certain to be approved later when submitted to the full Assembly.
The Iraqi delegate, Mr. Salah Omar Al-ali, was another speaker at the special session. Iraq was host to a summit meeting of Arab states opposed to President Sadat's peace initiative a month ago. He repeated the view reached at that meeting, that the Washington talks were not reflecting the true Arab demands for a settlement of the Middle East conflict. A just settlement, he insisted, had to take account of the needs and rights of the Palestinian people.