The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (16 December) condemned Israeli policies in territories it has occupied since the 1967 Middle East war and urged further investigation of human rights in the areas.
MV INT Mr. Herzog (Israeli repres-entative at UN) addresses meeting
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MV Syrian delegate speaking
SV Council Chairman Amenasinghe asking delegates to vote
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MV Mr. Amerasinghe speaking
TRANSCRIPT: ISRAELI REPRESENTATIVE CHAIM HERZOG: "Israel rejects the thesis that the establishment of settlements is an obstacle to peace. We reject it out of hand. The obstacle to peace is not what Israel is doing after having waited for peace for well nigh three decades. The obstacle to peace is the Arab refusal to recognise the Jewish people's right to sovereignty in its ancient homeland. The obstacle to peace is an implacable Arab refusal to recognise Israel, to negotiate with Israel, to make peace with Israel."
But Syrian representative Mowaffak Allaf felt differently.
"Israel wants peace on its own conditions, peace which means the surrender of the Arab people to Israeli occupation and aggression, peace dictated under the ways of Israeli soldiers of occupation, peace with the acceptance of the colonisation of the Arab territories and the implantation in the heart of these territories of racist purely Jewish citizens. The Arab side does not accept and will never accept this sort of peace."
SEQ. 8: PRESIDENT AMERASINGHE: "Will all voters and requested delegations kindly proceed to vote."
The general assembly's President Mr. Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka announced the results.
PRESIDENT AMARASINGHE: "The result of the voting on draft resolution 'b' is as follows: In favour 97, against 3, abstentions 36. Draft resolution 'b' is adopted.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (16 December) condemned Israeli policies in territories it has occupied since the 1967 Middle East war and urged further investigation of human rights in the areas. Another resolution condemned what was called the massive and deliberate destruction of the town of Kuneitra of the Golan Heights prior to Israeli withdrawal in 1974. The resolution added that Syria was entitled to full compensation. Israeli representative Chaim Herzog defended his country and said the main obstacle to peace in the area was Arab refusal to recognise Israel's right to its ancient homeland.