The United Nations Security Council voted on Sunday (30 November) to approve a six-month extension of the mandate for the U.
The United Nations Security Council voted on Sunday (30 November) to approve a six-month extension of the mandate for the U.N. buffer force in the Golan Heights, just five hours before the old mandate was due to expire.
Thirteen of the Council's fifteen-members -- including both the Soviet Union and the United States -- voted in favour, with China and Iraq not taking part.
United Nations Secretary-General, Dr Kurt Waldheim -- who visited both Israel and Syria to discuss the mandate -- welcomed the Council's decision as "three long days and nights of consultation" crowned with success. But Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog immediately denounced the Council decision as "surrender to Syrian blackmail and Soviet dictates."
The Israeli Cabinet, meeting the following day in Tel Aviv, echoed Mr. Herzog's condemnation, and announced that Israel would not take part in next January's General Assembly debate on the Middle East...which is to be attended by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.).
The Security Council's decision to convene a full-scale debate on the Middle East -- part of Syrian President Hafez Assad's requests on agreeing to the mandate extension -- was supplemented by a statement from Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik that it was the majority's understanding that the P.L.O. would be invited. United States Ambassador Daniel patrick Moynihan entered a reservation on the point, however, saying the Soviet statement was "merely a summation of the views of some of the members of the Council".
Syria has greeted both the decision to extend the mandate and that to hold a full Middle East debate as a success, but said on Monday (1 December) that the Golan buffer force would not be allowed to stay indefinitely to protect Israel.