In the United Nations Security Council, a resolution calling for "National independence and sovereignty in Palestine" was introduced on Friday (24 August) but it was not put to the vote.
SV Andrew Young as President of Security Council speaking in English, and representatives applauding. (2 SHOTS)
SV Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara speaking in English while Young listens. (7 SHOTS)
YOUNG (SEQ 1): "I must say I have no quarrel with this administration. In fact I'm quite proud of it. I have no quarrel with the President or the White house in spite of heady differences with the Department of State. There have been no differences with the Secretary of State, and overwhelmingly I would say we basically share a sense of conviction and direction about the way things should move in today's world. I don't think that I was set up by my Arab or Israeli friends. I think that whatever happened leading to my resignation was something that I entered into very much with my eyes open and comes not out of any quarrel with any person or any institution but rather of fundamental disagreement with a policy, one that i sought to run from for two and a half years for I never agreed with it. And yet when I found my self taking on the presidency of the Security Council and being faced with an issue which required a certain level of communication and understanding I though there was no particular I thought there was no particular risk involved in that communication,.. ...beyond the risk of my job. And my job has never been particularly important to me. My responsibilities to my country, my responsibilities to the ideals and principles in which I believe are important to me. And so it was no great decision on my part to visit the home of my friend and to meet another friend."
BISHARA (SEQ 2): "We did not use as we were accused the diplomacy of the barrel, but unfortunately we found the diplomacy of the United States over the Middle East over a barrel. President, some people may ask why did we come to this conclusion without a vote? I'm not going to disclose what has happened during the last three days of intensive consultations but Mr .President, we worked hard with the people concerned, with the people who have a stake in the outcome of this debate not to blemish your image with a veto. We were concerned...we were concerned that Ambassador Young who has served unmatchably, with impeccable record, for human rights inside the United Nations and outside would emerge out of this Presidency unblemished, spotless as a fighter for human rights."
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Background: In the United Nations Security Council, a resolution calling for "National independence and sovereignty in Palestine" was introduced on Friday (24 August) but it was not put to the vote. The United States had threatened to veto the resolution, but in the event did not have to. At the last minute Kuwait's Ambassador Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara announced the Arab nations had decided to let the United States off the diplomatic hook out of respect for retiring United States Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. Before Mr. Bishara spoke, Andrew Young commented on his resignation following the controversial unauthorised meeting with the Palestinian representative Zehdi Terzi at the Kuwaiti ambassador's home.