Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights came under criticism at the United Nations General Assembly's emergency session on Monday (1 February).
GV UN General Assembly.
SV Mr. Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid, Egyptian permanent representative speaking in Arabic with delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)
SV Russian permanent representative Mr. Oleg Troyanovsky speaking in russian with delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)
SV Moroccan permanent representative Mr. Mehdi Mrani Zentar speaking in French. (2 SHOTS)
SV Yugoslav permanent representative, Mr. Miljan Komatina speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: KOMATINA: (SEQ 5) "The gravity of the situation calls for stronger joint efforts in order to oversome the impasse created by the Israeli policy on expansion and annexation and by the negation of the rights of the Palestinian people because, Mr. President, no one, and the international community least of all, can remain indifferent to this crisis and regard it from the aspect of its own narrow interest. In fact, there is an ever smaller number of those who can think and act in this manner. Positive elements of such an evolution are contained in the recognition of the urgency, and of the acute and universal character of the Middle East crisis in the general condemnation of the annexation of the Golan Heights. This was reflected also in the recent debate of the Security Council and on this issue."
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Background: Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights came under criticism at the United Nations General Assembly's emergency session on Monday (1 February). The session was called by the Security Council after the United States vetoed a resolution to punish the Israelis for applying their laws to the territory they seized from Syria and the 1967 Middle East war. Mr. Ahmed Esmut Abdel-Meguid of Egypt appealed to Israel to rescind its decision. Mr. Oleg Troyanovsky of the Soviet Union, describing the Middle East as "a ???inderbox," said that Israel's aggression was in direct proportion to American aid. Mr. Mehdi Mrani Zentar of Morocco said that UN credibility was at stake. Mr. Miljan Komatina of Yugoslavia, considered the situation in the Golan Heights as a test for the United Nations.