A majority of the United Nations Security Council members on Wednesday (26 May) deplored israeli actions in the occupied territories and called on the Israelis to comply with the Geneva convention.
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SV Spokesman addressing council
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SV Israeli spokesman
TRANSCRIPT: SHARAF: "How can they defend a dictated occupation of an area more than three times the size of Israel and occupied by more than a million Arab people who own and live in this area. How can they defend Israel's official policy of establishing settlements - and they are not security settlements - security cannot be achieved by planting settlements in somebody else's territory. This is an invitation to continued conflict. How can the supporters of Israel retain this official policy of establishing settlements in the occupied areas and manning them and encouraging massive demographic changes. How can they defend the repressive and (indistinct) conduct of the occupying forces against the defenceless and unarmed school children protesters."
HERZOG: "Solution to our problem in the Middle East, Mr. President, lies not at this table, lies not in resolutions and statements, lies not in debates or in stories one over another and in maligning and accusing each other. All these have their purpose, but it is not peace. Again and again we shall be summoned by the Arab delegates to this table, to satisfy on each occasion, as on this occasion, the specific political idiosyncracies of various Arab parties. For how long, for what purpose. The road to peace lies only via the negotiating table and as long as the member states of the United Nations do not make this crystal clear to the Arab states, we shall continue to listen to this useless rhetoric at this table, month after month while the tragedy in the Middle East continues. Thank you Mr. President."
This film is serviced with English speech by Mr. Sharaf and Mr. Herzog. Transcripts appear below.
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Background: A majority of the United Nations Security Council members on Wednesday (26 May) deplored israeli actions in the occupied territories and called on the Israelis to comply with the Geneva convention.
Council President, Louis Guiringaud of France, read a statement by a majority of council members after three weeks of debate on Egyptian allegations about Israeli activities in the occupied lands.
There was no council consensus because the United States considered the statement too strong, while China and Libya called it too weak.
Addressing the Council later, Israeli ambassador Chaim Herzog called the debate a futile waste of time aimed at helping Egypt score points over Syria.
He said negotiations were the only road to peace and denied that the establishment of Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank of the River Jordan was an obstacle to peace.
Jordan's ambassador, Abdul Hamid Sharaf, said the settlements were an invitation to continued conflict.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Security Council ended three weeks of debate on Egyptian allegations about Israeli activities in the occupied territories on Wednesday.
A majority of members issued a statement, instead of a formal resolution, calling on Israel to comply with the Geneva convention. Jordanian representative, Abdul Hamid Sharaf, commented later.
Israel's ambassador, Chaim Herzog, called the debate a futile waste of time, aimed at helping Egypt score points over Syria.