The United Nations Security Council approved a United States resolution on Sunday (19 March) calling for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and the establishment of a 4,000-man peacekeeping force to take up posts in the Israeli-occupied area.
SV Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog addresses U.N. Security Council
TV Lebanese Ambassador Ghassan Tunei speaking
SV PAN British Ambassador Ivor Richard calling votes
HERZOG: "In our view the resolution before us is inadequate and sorely lacking. In keeping with the time-honoured tradition of this organisation, there is not one word of condemnation of terrorism and the horrible terrorist outrages committed against Israel. There is not one word of condemnation of the terrorist forces that usurp Lebanese authority in southern Lebanon and brought death, chaos and anarchy to Lebanon".
TUNEI: "I read newspapers, and I'm sure that you all read newspapers I've got nothing to give to the (indistinct) and as I've said I don't want to conduct any (indistinct). But I'm sure that the picture produced this morning by the newspaper, the New York Times, which can hardly be accused of being a agent for Arab propaganda. It is a picture of a Lebanese woman and her daughter running for cover during an Israeli air-strike on the town of (indistinct) yesterday. It is a picture carried by an American photographer of the Associated Press. There is another picture, a picture of an Israeli solider dancing in the streets of a village of which I happen to have relatives and friends in."
RICHARD: "The result of the voting is as fellows. The draft resolution received 12 votes in favour, no votes against, 2 abstentions and one member did not participate in the voting. The draft resolution has therefore been adopted as resolution 425 of 1978."
Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman said in Tel Aviv on Monday (20 March) that Israel had completed its takeover in South Lebanon and was ready for ceasefire.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council approved a United States resolution on Sunday (19 March) calling for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and the establishment of a 4,000-man peacekeeping force to take up posts in the Israeli-occupied area. During the debate Lebanese Ambassador Ghassan Tunei asked for the quickest possible action to bring about the end of fighting and occupation. And Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog told the Council his country was ready to enter into immediate discussions to bring about the return of Lebanese sovereignty in the area. He also condemned Palestinian guerrilla activities.
SYNOPSIS: Chairman of the meeting, British Ambassador Ivor Richard, then called for votes.