In the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (29 August), the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Southern Lebanon.
GV: Security Council.
SV: U.S. Ambassador to UN Andrew Young addressing delegates.
SV: Israeli delegate Yehuda Blum speaking in English watched by Lebanese delegate Ghassan Tueni.
GV: UN Security Council.
SV: PLO Deputy Permanent observer Hasan Rahman speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: YOUNG: "Let me make absolutely clear the position of the United States with regard to the events in Southern Lebanon. In doing so I speak with he the full authority of the United States Government. First, we condemn those who boast of the murder of an Israeli mother and her child the attack on a bus filled with Israeli civilians or the explosion of rockets and bombs in Israeli towns and cities. No political objective can ever justify such barbarism. Second and just as strongly we condemn the policy of artillery shelling and pre-emptive attacks on Lebanese towns, villages and refugee camps which Israeli and armed Lebanese groups Israel supports have followed in recent months. Let there be no doubt or ambiguity about this. We cannot and do not agree with Israel's military policies in Lebanon as manifested in the past few months. They are wrong and unacceptable to my Government.
They are painfully at variance with the values which Israel has traditionally espoused."
SEQ. 3: BLUM:"Whenever an atrocity is perpetrated in Israel, responsibility is taken by the PLO in Lebanon. Israel is thus faced with a tragic dilemma. We can either wait for our own civilians to be murdered or move in order to prevent terrorist outrages. Israel has in fact no choice at all."
SEQ. 5: RAHMAN: The Israeli shelling and attacks on South Lebanon are not in response to Palestinian violence. It is a war of genocide that is being carried out by the criminal-minded Menachem Begin and his clique to destroy the political and the physical existence of the Palestinian people."
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Background: In the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (29 August), the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Southern Lebanon. Speaking with the full authority of the United States Government, Mr. Young said no political objective can justify barbarism, but the Israeli delegate Mr. yehuda Blum claimed Israel has no choice in the matter. First Mr. Young.
SYNOPSIS: Then Mr Hasan Rahman spoke for the P.L.O.