Members of the United Nations marked International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people by discussing their situation on Wednesday, (28 November) in the Assembly.
CU Kuwaiti United Nations Ambassador Abdulmohsen Nasir El-Jean addressing the Assembly in Arabic
LV Assembly delegates
SCU Algerian United Nations Ambassador Mohamed Bedjaoui speaking in French
LV Assembly delegates
SCU Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Hammoud El-Choufi speaking in Arabic
SCU United States delegate listening as Syrian speaker continues (2 shots)
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Background: Members of the United Nations marked International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people by discussing their situation on Wednesday, (28 November) in the Assembly. The question of Palestine has been under consideration by the United Nations since its earliest days, more than thirty years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdulmohsen Nasir El-Jeaan observed that tensions in the Middle East are increasing. He referred specifically to the Camp David Agreement between Israel and Egypt which he said would do little to guarantee lasting peace in the region. He said, therefor, it is right that Islamic and African countries continue to condemn the peace treaty.
The Assembly then heard from the Algerian Ambassador to the United Nations, Monsieur Mohamed Bedjaoui. He spoke for the cause of the Palestinian people and accused Israel of ignoring what he called the will of the international community. He was referring to the 1976 report endorsed by the United Nations which made various proposals concerning the establishment of what is referred to as a "Palestinian entity".
Monsieur Bedjaoui said it was up to the Secretary General of the United Nations to ensure that the needs of the Palestinian people are served. Members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) were also invited to participate in the activities of the day.
The Assembly was also addressed by the Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Hammoud El-Choufi. He turned his attention to the United States and accused them of doing everything they could to effectively paralyse the United Nations. He said what he called the United States "defiant" attitude helped to encourage what he called Israeli aggression about the Palestinian issue and in the whole of the Middle East.