Nigeria called for the return to Palestinians of Israeli-occupied territory during Tuesday's (9 November) continuing United Nations Security Council debate on a Egyptian complaint.
SV INTERIOR: United Nations Security Council in session during debate on Egyptian compliant about Israel.
SV: Council President and others listening to Nigerian permanent U.N. Representative, Leslie Harriman speaking in debate SVS Harriman addressing Council, AND SV delegates listening. (4 shots) (English speech)
NIGERIAN PERMANENT U.N. REPRESENTATIVE MR. LESLIE HARRIMAN: "Why does Israel thwart and stem all actions to create a state for the Palestinian people? For me, this is difficult to understand. It is obvious to the majority of the members of this world body that the Palestinian people have the inalienable right to their homeland and like the case of Israel itself, the onus is on us, members of this body, to ensure the demarcation of definite and distinct boundaries of the Palestinian state. Mr. President, until we set about doing this, we continue to debate the superficial issues, leaving the very sources from which these issues emanate virtually untouched. We'll continue to have incidents brought to the Security Council, we'll continue to have Palestinian resistance to the repression being perpetrated by the Israeli people, by the Israeli occupation. Put simply, Mr. President, the Palestinian people would, in the face of the denial of the rights to a homeland, and in the light of repressive Israeli measures, continue to be more resolute in their struggle for self-determination, national independence, sovereignty, and return to their homes and property from which they have been displaced under protest. The argument is that Arabs in occupied territories are under better living conditions, is to my delegation untenable. Living conditions have nothing to do with the denial of rights of the Palestinian to their own land. As long as the Palestinians continue to live as refugees, in their own territories, no matter how well the Israelis feel the Palestinians are living, there will also be resistance to Israeli occupation."
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Background: Nigeria called for the return to Palestinians of Israeli-occupied territory during Tuesday's (9 November) continuing United Nations Security Council debate on a Egyptian complaint.
SYNOPSIS: The complaint was about Israel activity in the occupied territories. Nigeria's permanent representative Mr. Leslie Harriman, had a strong warning for Israel.