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.
GV United Nations Security Council in session.
CU Lebanese representative speaking.
STV Waldheim and Chinese member acting as President of session.
TV PAN Other delegates.
CU Russian member speaking.
CU U.K. Delegates speaking.
STV ZOOM OUT President calls for votes in favour.
SV USSR and UK with hands raised PAN TO US delegate raising hand to vote against.
TV Panama delegate abstaining PAN TO President announcing result.
SV U.S. Representative speaking.
LEBANESE AMBASSADOR GHORRA: Israel is continually fomenting trouble and turmoil in the Middle East. Is continually deteriorating the situation. Is continually destroying every possible effort that is being deployed as promoting conditions conducive to peace, to permanent peace, and to the solution of the Middle East problem.
USSR AMBASSADOR MALIK: (COMMENTS IN RUSSIAN)
U.K. AMBASSADOR CROWD: We are meeting under the shadow of terrible events, Mr. President. Once more violence has erupted in the Middle East context, and once more the horrors of terrorism and of reprisal have fallen upon innocent victims. The nature of the connection between the tragic killings at Munich and the incidents described by the distinguished representatives of Syria and Lebanon will be fiercely argued. But whatever that may be, whatever the relationship of cause and effect, whatever the justification or lack of justification, the resort to force against national or international law is to be condemned.
CHINESE AMBASSADOR HUANG HUA: (CALLS FOR VOTE IN CHINESE)
U.S. AMBASSADOR BUSH: We have been walking a very dangerous path, by our silence on terrorism we invite more terrorism. By our silence on the disaster at Munich are we indeed inviting more Munich.
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Background: 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.