Israel again defended its action against Lebanon in the United Nations Security Council early Tuesday morning (Dec. 31).
ISRAEL'S YOSEF TEKOAH SPEAKING, LEBANON'S FOUAD BOUTROS SPEAKING.
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Background: Israel again defended its action against Lebanon in the United Nations Security Council early Tuesday morning (Dec. 31). This, while members of the Council denounced Israel for its attack on Beirut International airport.
Yosef Tekoah, Israel's chief United Nations delegate, accused the Arab governments, including Lebanon, of seeking to accomplish by terror and sabotage the destruction of Israel that they failed to achieve in the Middle East war last year. But Mr. Tekoah was a lone voice in the Council as Lebanon and other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, Denmark and Paraguay, severely condemned the Israeli attack.
A special Lebanese delegation, headed by the former Foreign Minister, Fouad Boutros, arrived from Beirut to present Lebanon's case against Israel. Mr. Boutros contended that Lebanon could not be held responsible for acts that were committed outside her territory by groups whose intents and actions were not known to Lebanon.
The chief delegates of the 15 nations represented on the Security Council agreed tentatively to a resolution that would condemn Israel for a premeditated attack; declare that such premeditated actions jeopardize the maintenance of international peace; warn Israel that any further actions of this type will require stronger action by the Security Council; and declare that Lebanon is entitled appropriate compensation for damages. The resolution was referred by delegates to their governments for final approval.