The United Nations Security Council formally welcomed on Tuesday (28 May) the agreement reached between Iraq and Iran on their border dispute.
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SV Iranian delegate addresses assembly in French
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PRESIDENT MAINA: "Will those in favour of the draft resultion contained in document S 11299 please raise their hands?"
PRESIDNET MAINA: "There are fourteen votes in favour, none agaisnt and no abstentions. One delegation fo course did not participate which makes fifteen. The resolution is therefore adopted. Thank you very much."
TABLE EL-SHEBIB: "It was not a mere incident that was brought to this council in February but a series of events which took their most serious form when Iran abdicated the 1857 border treaty between the two countries in 1969. This accident has naturally - as it wa obvious that it would - led to blood and serious fighting which took place."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council formally welcomed on Tuesday (28 May) the agreement reached between Iraq and Iran on their border dispute.
The dispute came to the United Nations after heavy fighting between Iraq and Iran near their borders in February. Both countries accused each other of aggression at the United Nation.
A Special United Nations Emissary, former Mexican ambassador Luis Wreckmann-Munoz acted as mediator during the negotiations for an agreement.
Tuesday's Security Council resolution reexpressed the hope that Iraq and Iran would implement the agreement as soon as possible.
The People's Republic of China wa the only one of the fifteen Security Council countries to disassociate itself from the resolution. Chinese Ambassador Chuang Yan said the U.N. ought not to intervene in border questions.
Under the agreement Iraq and Iran pledged to observe a ceasefire and withdraw their troops at the border promptly and simultaneously.
February's trouble started when Iran accused Iraq of an attack on border posts in which it claimed 41 Iranian frontier guards were killed and another 81 injured.
The film includes remarks by Security Council President Kenyan ambassador Mr. Maina; Iranian ambassador Fereydoun Moveyad speaking in French and Iraqui ambassador Talib El-Shibib speaking in English.
A transcript of the remarks in English follows. A translation of the Iranian ambassador's comments in included in the commentary.