The first airlift of United Nations troops arrived in Cairo from Cyprus on Friday (26th October).
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SCU Kenya representative
"Mr. President, the Council on the next day, that is from 23rd October 1973, adopted another resolution, I'm referring to resolution 339, in which the Council confirmed its decision on an immediate cessation of all kinds of firing and all military action, and urged that the forces of the two sides be returned to the positions they occupied at the moment the ceasefire became effective. Furthermore, the Council requested the Secretary General to take measures for immediate despatch of United Nations observers to supervise the observance of the ceasefire between the forces of Israel and the Arab republic of Egypt, using for this purpose the personnel of the United Nations now in the Middle East. First of all, the personnel now in Cairo. And indeed the Council has before it clear evidence of a complete breakdown in the ceasefire it ordered in resolution 338 and reinforced in resolution 339. The fourth Middle East war is continuing. And it is a war on large scale. It is an unrelenting war, bringing with it death, carnage and scourge to the people of the area. Now sir, When we voted for resolutions 338 and 339 we had hoped that the two super powers who were the sponsors of the two draft resolutions would spare no effort to stop the war."
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Background: The first airlift of United Nations troops arrived in Cairo from Cyprus on Friday (26th October). They will police the ceasefire between Israel and the Arabs.
The UN Security Council voted to send a force of troops from non-aligned nations on Thursday (26 October). The force is expected to reach at least 6,000.
The UN Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim and his senior advisors have been assembling the peace-keeping force for the Middle East. The troops will be commanded by a Finnish Major General Ensio Sillasvuo.
The force was set up by a resolution in the UN Security Council. Eight non-aligned nations supported the creation of a peach-keeping force put forward in a draft resolution introduced by the Kenyan Ambassador, Joseph Odero-Jowi.