The United Nations Security Council on Saturday (1 march) unanimously censured Israel for its policy of establishing settlements on Arab territory, and called for their dismantling.
GV INTERIOR Security Council
SV U.S. representative to U.N., Mr. Donald McHenry speaking (2 shots)
GV Security Council table
SV israel's representative, Mr. Yehuda Blum, speaking
SVs Mr. Blum and Palestine Liberation Organisation representative, Mr. Zehdi Terzi
SV Mr. Terzi speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: McHENRY: "W regard settlements in the occupied territories as illegal under international law, and we consider them to be an obstacle to the successful outcome to the current negotiations which are aimed at a comprehensive, a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. We have supported the resolution before us. We have done o despite reservations with regard to certain provisions which we consider to be recommendatory in character. We believe that the report of the Settlements Commission is a generally fair-minded and objective report. We do, however, question the recommendation in paragraph 54 of the report as to the best means to deal with the settlements problem in the occupied territories."
BLUM: "The resolution is the product of a combination of various partisan interests including political expediency of one form or another. It lacks all balance and is riddled with formulations which is their bias and one-sidedness can only into the hands of the enemies of peace in the Middle East, both in the Arab world and beyond."
TERZI: "We have noted that in the recommendations that have been unanimously accepted the Commission has asked or recommended that the Council adopt effective measures to prevail on israel to cease the establishment of settlements in occupied territories and to dismantle the existing settlements accordingly. By this unanimous vote, we believe that the Council is called upon to take effective measures to prevail and to secure the full implementation of its decision and now these are no longer recommendations. These are decisions of the Council. It was said, Sir, that Israel finds itself in a minority of one, at least on the issue of settlements. The result of the debate has shown that Israel finds itself as a zero on this issue, and not in a minority of one."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council on Saturday (1 march) unanimously censured Israel for its policy of establishing settlements on Arab territory, and called for their dismantling. The council took up the settlements issue at the request of Morocco and Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: the resolution deplores Israel's decision to prohibit the Mayor of Hebron on the West Bank, from testifying. The United States attitude, expressed by chief delegate, Mr. Donald McHenry, was crucial.
Israel's delegate, Mr. Yehuda Blum, replied.
But the UN attitude was summed up by Palestine Liberation Organisation delegate, Mr. Zehdi Terzi.