The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was admitted to a United Nations Security Council debate which began on Monday (22 March) on the current state of unrest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area.
TV INTERIOR Security Council in session
Libyan delegate Mansur Kikhia speaking
SPEECH IN: "The acting permanent observer...
OUT: ...Zionist authorities."
SV PLO Delegate Zehdi Terzi speaking
SPEECH IN: "The situation is alarming...
OUT: ....force of occupation."
CU Egyptian delegate, Ahmed Abdel Meguid speaking
SPEECH IN: "We believe that.....
OUT: ....in the West Bank."
MANSUR KIKHIA: "The acting permanent observer of the Palestine Liberation Organisation drew attention to the widespread protests and demonstrations against the terrorists of the occupation authorities by the Palestinians living in Jerusalem and other major West Bank towns, and to the large scale arrests and other repressive measures ordered by the Zionist authorities."
ZEHDI TERZI: "The situation is alarming because of the forces of occupation have resorted to brutal Hitlerite measures of suppression to thwart the mass uprising, in some cases described as riots, in other as disturbances, but in effect an unarmed uprising against the forces of occupation."
AHMED MEGUJID: "We believe that the Security Council should pronounce itself in no uncertain terms by adopting a resolution calling for the exercise by the Palestinian people of the right to self-determination, the condemnation by the Council of Israel's brutal and illegal actions in the occupied Arab territories, and to take immediate and effective steps with a view to putting an end to these violations, and to rescind all previous masseurs taken by the occupation authorities in Jerusalem and in the West Bank."
This film is serviced with extracts of speeches in English by Mr. Mansur Kikhia, Mr. Zehdi Terzi and Mr. Ahmed Meguid. A transcript of these extracts appears below.
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Background: The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was admitted to a United Nations Security Council debate which began on Monday (22 March) on the current state of unrest in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area.
It is the first time the PLO and Israel have faced each other in the Council. Israel boycotted Middle East debates in December and January when the PLO was invited to take part.
The Council is considering charges by Libya and Pakistan that Israel was changing the status of Jerusalem, desecrating holy places and repressing the Arab inhabitants of Jerusalem and other West Bank towns.
The Libyan delegate, Mr. Mansur Kikhia, who opened the debate, said the PLO had drawn attention to the widespread protests and demonstrations against the occupation authorities.
The PLO representative, Mr. Zehdi Terzi, told the Council that prolonged occupation coupled with inhuman practices affecting human rights had brought matters to a grave state. He said a remedy should be sought through the elimination of the cause of confrontation, namely termination of occupation, and the sooner the better.
Egyptian delegate, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid, said the Security Council should adopt a resolution condemning Israel's actions in the occupied Arab territories and calling for the exercise by the Palestine people of the right to self-determination.
Mr. Chaim Herzog, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, said the PLO was using the United Nations to further its own ends. Mr. Herzog said that while war threatened in a number of areas, and momentous vital decisions were outstanding in Africa, the Security Council was obliged to cease such discussions to accommodate the PLO.
Earlier, the United States of America had been the only country await vote against allowing the PLO to join the debate. Britain, France and Italy all abstained from voting and 11 countries voted to allow the PLO to enter the debate.