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    At the United Nations, Israel has insisted that all foreign forces leave Lebanon before its troops are withdrawn.

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    GV General Assembly

    SV Iranian representative, Said Rajaie Khorassani speaking

    SV Danish representative Niels Peter Georg Helskov speaking

    SV Israel representative Yehuda Blum speaking

    TRANSCRIPT: KHORASSANI: (SEQ 2) "The proper course of this General Assembly is therefore - one, to strongly condemn the Zionist upsurping regime and its supporters for the Israeli acts of carnage they have perpetrated in the land of Lebanon. Two, to decide that the Zionist regime be expelled from the United Nations. Three, to propose strong political and economic measures against the Zionist nonentity should this regime refuse immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all its bloody troops from Lebanon. Four, to force the great Satan and the Zionist (INDISTINCT) to compensate for all the loses and damages they have inflicted upon our Palestinian and Lebanese brothers and sisters."

    HELSKOV: (SEQ 3) "The Ten believe that for negotiations to be possible the Palestinian people must be able to commit themselves to them and thus to be represented at them. In this connection, the position of the Ten remains that the Palestine Liberation Organisation should be associated with the negotiations. The Ten wish to see the Palestinian people in a position to pursue their demands by political means and wish that the achievement of these should take account of the need to recognise and respect the existence and security of all."

    BLUM: (SEQ 4) "Israel has committed itself, together with Egypt and the United States to the Camp David framework accords for peace in the Middle East. Israel remains committed to those accords. (INDISTINCT) solution offers the Palestinian Arabs concerned greater opportunities than anything they have ever experience in history. It offers them the prospect of governing themselves, of prosperity and of a peaceful co-existence with their neighbours. It offers them a secure future free from terror. It offers co-existence between Jew and Arab in dignity and mutual respect."

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    Background: At the United Nations, Israel has insisted that all foreign forces leave Lebanon before its troops are withdrawn. The Israeli demand came on August 17 as the General Assembly debated the Palestine question. Yehuda Blum, the Israeli delegate, said his country was entitled to ironclad arrangements so that Lebanon was never gain a base for aggression against Israel. During the debate, there was a call for Israel's expulsion from the UN, by Iran's representative Said Rajaie Khorassani. Mr Khorassani wanted strong economic and political measures if Israel did not withdraw its troops immediately and unconditionally from Lebanon. The great Satan, as he called the United States, should also pay compensation to the Lebanese and Palestinians affected by the fighting. The Danish delegate, speaking for the ten-member European Economic Community (EEC), called the Israeli invasion a fragrant violation of international law. Mr Niels Peter Georg Helskov also said the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) should be represented at any negotiations on a homeland for the Palestinians. In his speech, Mr Blum said Israel has no quarrel with Lebanon, only with those who subjugated it. Israel had not ignored the plight of the Palestinians. It had drafted a fair, reasonable and constructive plan for Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Blum said the plan offered the Palestinians the prospect of governing themselves and of co-existence with their neighbours.

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