UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
The United States vetoed a Lebanese resolution before the United Nations Security Council in New York on September 6, calling on Israel to lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods in Southern Lebanon.
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
1. GV & SV U.N. Security Council chamber, members seated, SV of U.S. delegate (2 shots) 0.05
2. GV PAN Security Council chamber (PRESIDENT SOT OFF CAMERA) 0.18
3. SV PAN Delegates voting by raising hands (2 shots) (PRESIDENT SOT off camera) 0.37
4. SV United States delegate voting against 0.40
5. SV Richard Ovinnikiv speaking in Russian as delegates listen (3 shots) (SOT) 1.18
6. SV PAN FROM U.K. delegate to Ovinnikov (Security Council President speaking SOT in background then president appears in SV (2 shots) 1.27
7. SV Lebanese delegate listening, then SV Aryeh Levin of Israel speaking (SOT) (2 shots) 1.55
8. SV Delegates seated 1.57
9. SV Lebanese delegate Richard Fakhoury speaking in Arabic as others listen (5 shots) (SOT) 3.02
TRANSCRIPTS: DR ELLECK MASHINGAIDZE: (SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT) (SEQ. TWO & THREE): "Unless I hear any objection, I shall consider the agenda adopted, Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in document S/16732 please raise their hands. Those against....."
MASHINGAIDZE: (SEQ SIX): "The representative of Israel has asked for the floor. I give him the floor."
ARYEH LEVIN (ISRAEL DELEGATE): "Mr President, Israel's position on the question of the South has been made abundantly clear by my delegation. Everyone here knows why we compelled to go in and destroy the terrorist state within the state that menaced our lives from just across the border. The PLO state within a state. The countries represented around this table would not have done less; some have done a great deal more."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
The United States vetoed a Lebanese resolution before the United Nations Security Council in New York on September 6, calling on Israel to lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods in Southern Lebanon. The resolution also demanded that Israel comply strictly with the 1949 Geneva convention on the treatment of civilians in war-time. The proposal was supported by all of the other fourteen council members, including Britain and the Netherlands, but the U.S. delegate said it was unreasonable and unrealistic to deal only with the question of foreign forces and humanitarian problems in South Lebanon while ignoring similar problems in the rest of the country. In the days before the vote. Lebanon agreed to drop a controversial clause in the resolution demanding a fact-finding mission on Israeli practices, in the hope that this would avert the U.S. veto. However, the United States maintained its opposition, leading to strong criticism from Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami. He accused the U.S. of protecting 'inhuman, fascist and Nazi practices' by refusing to support the resolution. During the debate, Israel's delegate Aryeh Levin described it as a contrived exercise, but Lebanese delegate Rachid Fakhoury said he deeply regretted the opposition of a 'friendly superpower' to the proposal.