When the United States voted last Saturday (1 March) for a Security Council resolution condemning Israel' settlement policies and calling for the dismantling of the settlements in the Occupied Territories, including Jerusalem, Israel reacted angrily.
SCU Permanent observer to the United Nations of the Arab States Clovis Maksoud speaking in English
SV Newsmen listening
SCU Mr. Maksoud speaking
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MAKSOUD: "Needless to say, that we construe the vote of the United States in the U.N. Security Council, to be legally binding. But I would recommend to the Arab League and the league of Arab States, that we pursue, by all means attempts at diplomatic clarifications. We do not want to embarrass the United States, beyond what has taken place. We are hopeful that the U.S. diplomatic judgements will not be continuously interrupted by the psychological boxing-in of the Camp David Agreements, or by political consideration that have no - and are not germane to the peace-making process in the Middle East. We realise that the United States has continuously as a constant committed itself to the survival and security of Israel. What we are saying - does this commitment under-write the objectives of Israel, or only the survival of the Israel that the United States recognises? That question has never been clearly answered by the United States. I think that many Arab States would want to have clarification on the nature of the United States commitment to Israel. Is it a commitment to its existence or is it a commitment to its objectives."
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Background: When the United States voted last Saturday (1 March) for a Security Council resolution condemning Israel' settlement policies and calling for the dismantling of the settlements in the Occupied Territories, including Jerusalem, Israel reacted angrily. When the United States reversed its stand, claiming a misunderstanding of President Carter's instruction, it was the turn of the Arab countries to doubt the Middle East policies of the United States. An United Nations observer for the League of Arab States, Clovis Haksoud, met newsmen on Wednesday (5 March) to outline Arab feeling about the reversal.