The United Nations Security Council resumed its debate on the Palestine question on Friday (18 June) and studied a 20-nation report on the Middle East.
GV ZOOM IN TO Security Council
MV Egyptian UN representative, Abdel Meguid speaking
CU Saudi Arabia's representative to UN, Jamil Baroody, speaking
MEGUID SPEAKING: "Egypt's stand towards the Palestinian question is clear and well known. I referred to the basic elements of our policy towards this vital question in my statement before the Council on January thirteenth, 1976. During the debate on the question of Palestine, especially that we are fully convinced that the Council could add a positive contribution by agreeing unanimously to a resolution to the effect that a permanent and just peace in the Middle East must be based on the achievement by the Palestinian people of their national rights."
BAROODY SPEAKING: "My humble contribution day can be summed up very concisely with the following words: I plead with the permanent members of the council to reason with their government,s who quite often of course provide them with a straight-jacket of instructions, to tell them that we cannot move anymore like that because the United Nations will become the laughing stock of the whole world. We should remove the injustice and allow the Palestinians to exercise their right of self-determination. Not scatter them to the whole, to the four winds. Not to compel them to take the law into their own hands when they are frustrated. But that their homelands should be restituted to them."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council resumed its debate on the Palestine question on Friday (18 June) and studied a 20-nation report on the Middle East. The report recommended that Israel be told to leave territories occupied in the 1967 war by next June.
SYNOPSIS: Two speakers gave their countries' views on the subject. First was Egypt's Abdel Meguid, followed by Saudi Arabia's Jamil Baroody.