On the fourth day of the Untied Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East, there have been calls for the U.
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GV INT. Security Council in session
CU Kuwait delegate speaks
SV President & Sec.Gen. seated
SCU Delegate speaking (Sudanese F.M.)
GV Council seated
SV UK Ambassador speaks
MR. BISHARA, KUWAIT: "The absence of the thunder of cannons and explosion of bombs is not a sign of the prevalence of normalcy; The Security Council must bring momentum to the efforts devoted to peace. If it fails it will incur the wrath of the international community and ruin incurably the organisation. It is up to you to take the decision that injects hope for peace into the area, a peace that respects the charter and its provisions, or if you fail, the United Nations and all that it represents will crumble."
MR. KHALID, SUDAN F.M: "Let me emphasise that we are dealing with a highly explosive situation; time is not in our favour. The elements of this question show that the longer the issues remain unsolved the more complicated they become. The new effort to find a way to a settlement in the Middle East need not be futile. That effort should include a new appraisal of the possibilities and procedures of the Security Council itself for conciliation and an exploration of all the means by which the framework of the United Nations might be used to assist the parties in reaching a just and lasting settlement."
MR. JAMIESON, UK ACTING PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE: The starting point, the firm base for this forward movement is resolution 242 and it is, in our view, the duty of this council to preserve that resolution intact. Now Mr. President, the mission of the Secretary General's special representative is part of that resolution and we feel that it is essential that it too be retained. Indeed, not merely retained, but re-energleed. We therefore consider that the primary objective of any action taken by this Council should be to provide renewed impetus to the mission of Ambassador Jarring in such a way that it will generate its own momentum. This mission remains in the view of my government the best hope for progress."
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This film includes extracts from the speeches of Mr. Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara, the Kuwait ambassador to the U.N.; Mr. Khalid; and Britain's Acting Permanent Representative to the U.N., Mr. Kenneth Jamieson. Their texts are as follows:
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Background: On the fourth day of the Untied Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East, there have been calls for the U.N.'s Middle East Peace Envoy, Gunner Jarring, to resume his mission.
His peace-making efforts have reached deadlock at present.
Sudan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Mansour Khalid, who called for the resumption of the mission, also said a time limit should be set for the total withdrawal of Israeli troops from occupied Arab lands. Mr. Khalid was giving the Organisation of African Unity's views to the meeting.
During the debate, Britain and Israel cautioned the Security council against changing its British-initiated resolution of November 22, 1967, which established guidelines for a Middle East settlement.