The General Assembly of the United Nations continued it debate on the future of Palestine on Tuesday (27 November) afternoon.
The General Assembly of the United Nations continued it debate on the future of Palestine on Tuesday (27 November) afternoon. Earlier, delegates had heard the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations accuse the organisation of compromising its integrity by supporting the aims of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Arab hard-line 'reductionist' stats. He described the Camp David accord between Egypt and Israel as the only real chance for a lasting Middle East peace settlement.
SYNOPSIS: Later speakers in the debate opposed this Israeli assessment of the situation.
The Chinese Permanet Representative to the United Nations, Mr Chen Chu shifted the focus of the debate from the single question of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories, to the global significance of the Middle East conflict. He accused the United States and the Soviet Union of exploiting the situation to satisfy their own interests. Mr Chen said the United States was shielding Israel because it wanted to retain its influence in the region and the Soviet Union was pursuing policies of expansionism and infiltration. The next speaker, Dr Hazem Nuseibeh of Jordan, outlined his country's opposition to the Camp David agreement.
Speaking in defence of the Camp David accord, Egyptian permanet representative Dr Esmat Abdel Meguid, denied that the provisions made for the Palestinians in the agreement were inadequate. He said the Palestinians' future formed the central issue of the accord and was vital to the establishment of peace in the area.