The Untied States on Thursday (26 July) vetoed a Security Council resolution which would have strongly deplored Israel's continuing occupation of Arab territory seized in the 1967 war.
GV PAN Council in session
SV Sudan and Peru delegates
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Lazar Majsov (Yugoslavia) speaking
SV President of Council listens
SCU Indian delegate listens to speech by Israeli delegate Tekoah.
SV Soviet delegate listens
MAJSOV: "In our opinion, the Security Council has no other option but to exert active efforts for the application of its own resolution to ensure respect for the national solidarity, territorial integrity and security of all the states in the region of the Middle East; to thwart annexation and occupation; to protect the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people; to proclaim all changes in the occupied territories null and void; to request the Secretary-General and his special representative to renew and to continue their efforts to find a solution and to give all the necessary assistance to them. And finally, the Security Council must deal with the problem actively and meet whenever its decisions are not carried out. This, in our view, is the minimum to be expected of the Security Council."
TEKOAH: "The draft resolution would have the effect of giving succour and encouragement to hijackers and to murderers as those of Lod, Munich and Khartoum. The implication of a resolution of such nature would be destructive. It would mean the end of Resolution 242 as an agreed basis for settlement of the conflict. It would make futile whatever effort the Secretary General might have planned to undertake in the cause of peace. Indeed, it would cripple the ability of the United Nations to play a role in the Middle East situation."
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This film includes statements from Lazar Majsov of Yugoslavia and Yosef Tekoah of Israel.
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Background: The Untied States on Thursday (26 July) vetoed a Security Council resolution which would have strongly deplored Israel's continuing occupation of Arab territory seized in the 1967 war.
The text, submitted by eight non-aligned states, also expressed serious concern at Israel's lack of cooperation with the United Nations Middle East peace envoy, Dr. Gunner Jarring.
On Wednesday (25 July), delegates from Yugoslavia and Israel were among those who argued the issue during the Untied Nation Middle East debate.