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    Israel has introduced a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly calling for the reconvening of the General Peace conference on the Middle East.

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    GV INTERIOR: General Assembly (2 shots)

    GV: Mohammed Al Sallam of Yemen speaking in Arabic.

    SV: delegates

    SV: Mr. Abdul Rahman Kamal of Bahrain speaking in Arabic

    GV: delegates

    SV: Chaim Herzog of Israel speaking in English.

    HERZOG: "We are prepared to go to Geneva tomorrow in accordance with the text of this resolution without any ifs, buts, or perhaps. Without any preconditions whatsoever. The conference is sovereign. Let it decide about participants and substantive matters. I have no illusions whatsoever about the strength of our position in this assembly. I have no doubt but that every attempt will be made by the Arab delegations and their to torpedo this resolution in one way or another by means of amendments and other devices. If they do so, as they probably will, they will have performed a great service for us. Because in this resolution we have stated clearly simply and unequivocally what we are prepared to do. Any action taken to prejudice the prospects of this resolution in its present from and language would only reveal the true intents of those taking such action."

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    Background: Israel has introduced a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly calling for the reconvening of the General Peace conference on the Middle East. But latest reports indicate the resolution may be withdrawn.

    SYNOPSIS: This is because of the introduction later of amendments adding the Palestine Liberation Organisation - the P.L.O. - to the list of participants at any resumed negotiations. Among those to speak on the resolution and its amendments was the Yemeni Ambassador, Mr. Mohammed Al Sallam. Speaking in Arabic, he said the PLO must take part and if that group recognised Israel it would lost its claim to its land.

    The package of two resolutions to amend the original Israeli resolution was supported by 19 non-aligned countries friendly to the Arab cause. The Israeli resolution sought to restrict participation in a resumed Geneva conference to the countries which took part in the first session in 1973. They were Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria as well as the chairmen - The United States and the Soviet Union.

    Another speaker to the amending resolutions was the Bahrain Ambassador, Mr. Abdul Rahman Kamal. He said it was time for all who loved peace to take action. The road to peace is clear but it must be in accordance with the resolutions of the international community. Egypt and Syria, who were among the original participants in the Geneva talks, were understood to have played a major part in drafting the amending resolutions submitted on Monday (6 December). The reports from the United Nations say the 149 member body is likely to give overwhelming support to the amendments and this is why Israel is likely to withdraw its resolution -- the first since Israel has submitted since becoming a member of the United Nations in 1949.

    The Israeli Ambassador, Mr. Chaim Herzog, wasn't optimistic about the success of the resolution.

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