The United Nations Security council yesterday (July 18) heard Lebanon call for new steps to obtain the release of six Syrian and Lebanese military officers abducted by an Israeli patrol which penetrated Lebanese territory on June 21, 1972.
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GHORRA: "The Israeli authorities have stated privately and publicly that they would release the abducted military personnel only within the context of a general exchange of prisoners of war. But the question of the abductees can not and should not under any circumstances be confused and connected with any other question not before the Council and relating to prisoners of war captured in other areas. And the procedural decision of the Council today, Mr. President, confirms our point of view.
GHORRA continues: "In our opinion the application of effective measures, even of sanctions, should be the logical next stage. Sanctions against Israel are overdue. The should have been applied in one form or another some time ago and our area would have been spared the convulsions, the turmoil and the violence which have characterised life in it for the last 25 years."
TOMEN: "Israel has once more, and in a very short time, arrogantly defied the law of the international community as represented in this council. Israel should there fore, as so very clearly and brilliantly stated by my Lebanese colleague, Ambassador Shorra, Israel should be condemned for its non-compliance with the decision of the Security Council. Israel should be called up and asked, in no equivocable terms to implement immediately alternative paragraph three, to release the abducted Syrian and Lebanese military personnel without any conditions attached thereto whatsoever. Failing this, sanctions should be applied to Israel."
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Background: The United Nations Security council yesterday (July 18) heard Lebanon call for new steps to obtain the release of six Syrian and Lebanese military officers abducted by an Israeli patrol which penetrated Lebanese territory on June 21, 1972. The council was called into session to discuss Israel's refusal to answer its call of June 26th for the officers' release. Israel declined to take part in yesterday's debate after he Council failed to include in its agenda a separate item concerning the mutual release of all Arab and Israeli prisoners of war, under the terms of the 1949 Geneva convention. After a procedural wrangle which lasted almost two hours, the council agreed to consider this question at another meeting.