The United Nations General Assembly ended its 27th session with a "mild" call for countries to submit ideas on combating terrorism.
GV EXT U.N. building
GTV U.S. delegates on rostrum
SV U.S. delegate speaks
SOUND IN: "in order for..."
SOUND OUT: "...life itself."
GTV Delegate seated
SV Israeli delegate speaking
SOUND IN: "Delegations...."
SOUND OUT: "....international life."
GTV Iraqi delegate on rostrum
SV Iraq delegate speaking in French
SV USSR, Arab states, UK, Tanzania and USA voting
SV Indication board--76 YES 35 NO 17 ABSTAIN.
SV Chairman announces resolution carried
GEORGE BUSH: "In order for us to have voted yes, in order for us to have voted affirmatively, would have needed a resolution which reflected an accurate and meaningful expression of the attitude of the international community towards random acts of violence, which threaten the security of the individual enshrined in the Declaration of Human Rights which threaten if you will the right to life itself."
YOSEF TEKOAH: "Delegations and especially the Arab delegations would err to believe that by mustering enough votes to pass resolutions such as the text the Assembly is about to vote on they can paralyse the cause of constructive international life."
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This film includes speeches by Mr. George Bush of the United States, Mr. Yosef Tekoah of Israel and the Iraqi delegate. A transcript of the English-language speeches is included here, and a commentary on the French-language speech is included overleaf.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly ended its 27th session with a "mild" call for countries to submit ideas on combating terrorism.
The final act in weeks of debate on terrorism came on Monday (18 Dec.) when the assembly passed a resolution which expressed deep concern over increasing acts of violence which endangered human life and urged states to seek peaceful solutions to the underlying causes of violence.
The resolution, called up from the legal committee, also reaffirmed the inalienable right to self-determination of all peoples under colonial and racist regimes.
But both the committee and the Assembly withheld any condemnation of terrorism.
Arab and African members approved the resolution, on the grounds that a strong resolution might be used against legitimate "liberation movements".
The United States, with Israel, was among those voting against the resolution, which was carried by 76 votes to 35, with 17 abstentions.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations General Assembly has just ended its twenty-seventh session with a resolution on terrorism. But the terms were condemned as too mild by many delegates....such as American Ambassador George Bush.
Israel's Yosef Tekoah also protested about the resolution.
But there was an immediate response to the Israeli attack on Arab members from the Iraqi delegate. Speaking in French, he called Mr. Tekoah's allegations "slanderous" and pointed out that the Arab countries were all free states, with independent sovereignty.
They were not the tools of international colonialism.
Then came the voting on the resolution, which expressed deep concern over increasing acts of violence which endangered human life, but reaffirmed the right to self-determination of all peoples. It called for countries to submit ideas on combating terrorism.
Resolution carried....by seventy-six votes to thirty-five, with seventeen abstentions.