Jordan's King Hussein has told the United Nations General Assembly that the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt have made the prospects for a lasting middle-East peace more elusive than before.
GV General Assembly of United Nations
SV King Hussein of Jordan speaking in Arabic
GV Delegate applauding
SV Irish Foreign Minister Michael O'Kennedy speaking in English and Israeli delegates listening (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: O'KENNEDY: "The nine continue to hope that it will be possible to achieve in the Middle East, a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement to which this Assembly is overwhelmingly committed. The nine emphasise that it is essential that all parties to the negotiation accept the right of all states of the area to live within secure and recognised boundaries with adequate guarantees. Equally of course it is essential that there be respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. These include the right to the homeland and the right to its representatives to play its full part in the negotiation of a comprehensive settlement. Such a settlement would win the endorsement and support of the International Community and it would meet the legitimate rights and interests of all parties. This includes Israel which is entitled to exist at peace within secure boundaries, accepted and adequately guaranteed. And the Palestinian people who are entitled within the framework set by a peace settlement to exercise their right to determine their own future as a people. The nine recognise of course that such a settlement is not easy to achieve, but they believe it must be the continuing aim of the International Community to promote it."
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Background: Jordan's King Hussein has told the United Nations General Assembly that the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt have made the prospects for a lasting middle-East peace more elusive than before. In an address before the assembly on Tuesday (25 September) he said Egypt had worked into an Israeli trap designed to split the Arab world.
SYNOPSIS: King Hussein told the 152-member assembly that he would not join the U.S. sponsored peace treaty. He said if Israel had really wanted peace it should have dealt with the Arab countries as a group, giving the Palestinians a chance to regain their national and human rights. He said he'd been saddened to see Egypt, a country he loved and cherished, fall into a trap designed to fragment the Arab front. King Hussein then gave his warning that there was now less chance of an honourable and genuine peace than before.
Irish Foreign Minister Michael O'Kennedy then spoke as Chairman of the nine-nation European Community.