• Short Summary

    On Sunday (10 Sept.) the United State cast its second veto in the history of the Security Council, to block a resolution calling for the immediate cessation of military operations in the Middle East.

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    On Sunday (10 Sept.) the United State cast its second veto in the history of the Security Council, to block a resolution calling for the immediate cessation of military operations in the Middle East.

    U.S. Ambassador George Bush said that the resolution failed to note that events of the past few days -- Israeli attacks against Lebanon and Syria -- were directly related to last Tuesday's (5 September murder of eleven members of the Israeli Olympic Team in Munich, which the resolution did not mention.

    The Security Council had been called into session on complaints by Syria and Lebanon over Israeli "aggression". Thirteen members of the Council voted for the resolution and Panama abstained. The United States cast the only negative vote, which in the Security Council constitutes a veto.

    The Soviet Union and the Ambassador from The People's Republic of China also cast vetoes during the session. Their votes were cast to prevent the adoption of an amendment proposed by Britain, France, Belgium and Italy designed to relate the issue to the Munich murders, thus over-coming the U.S. opposition to the Syrian and Lebanese motions.

    Ambassador Huang Hua of China, presiding over a Council session for the first time since the Peking Government was admitted to the U.N. last October, said the 15-nation body would remain "seized of the issue", thus permitting the debate to be revived at any time. A transcript of the representatives' comments follows:
    SYNOPSIS: At a special session Sunday (10 Sept.) of the United Nations Security Council on the current Middle East situation, Lebanese Ambassador Edouard Ghorra severely attacked Israel.

    The Council was debating a resolution by Syria and Lebanon for the immediate halting of all Israeli military operations in the area.

    The Soviet Ambassador, Yakov Malik, spoke of the "new unprovoked acts of aggression by Israel against the Arab States." He said that Israel had used the pretext of religious holidays for not attending the session, but hat those holidays had not prevented Israel from carrying out its attacks.

    British Ambassador Sir Colin Crowe proposed an amendment to also condemn the shootings in Munich.

    But the amendment proposed by Britain and supported by France, Belgium and Italy was defeated.....The Council President, Chinese Ambassador Huang Hua, then called for a vote on the Syrian-Lebanese resolution.

    The Soviet Union and Britain voted in favour of the resolution, calling for Israel to cease its military actions........ The United States, however, voted against the measure defeating it by its veto.

    The Panamanian delegate abstained from the vote...... United States Ambassador George Bush said the United States vetoed the resolution because it did not condemn the killings of members of the Israeli Olympic Team in Munich, as well as the Israeli retaliation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VX1ZH7PJYNUQLTA5KDBXG7Y5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VX1ZH7PJYNUQLTA5KDBXG7Y5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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