The United Nations Security Council, with all fifteen members concurring, on Tuesday (23 September) appealed to Iran and Iraq to stop fighting and settle their dispute peacefully.
SV United Nations general Secretary Kurt Waldheim arriving at the General Assembly building in New York
SV British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington arriving
SV INTERIOR Waldheim with delegates
GV General Assembly hall
SCU Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko speaking to general Assembly in Russian
SV Iraqi delegates
SV Lord Carrington speaking to the General Assembly in English, and Iranian delegates (3 shots)
SV President Carter walking up to microphone at San Jose California (2 shots)
SCU President Carter speaking in English (4 shots)
CARRINGTON: "The United Nations surely cannot ignore the grave situations which has developed in the last forty-eight hours between two member states. Judging by what they themselves have announced, Iran and Iraq are now in a state of undeclared war. I share the view and the fear expressed yesterday by the Secretary-General that this conflict could have serious and unpredictable consequences. I echo his call for the utmost restraint for an end to the fighting and for a negotiated settlement. This surely is no more than the United Nations has a right to expect from two of its members."
CARTER: "We urge all nations, the Soviet Union and all nations, to refrain from any interference or involvement in this conflict. We will certainly observe that mandate meticulously. We do have military forces in the area but we do not predict at all the use of American military forces. We hope and we expect that the conflict between Iran and Iraq will bot have any effect on the safety or lives of the hostages."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council, with all fifteen members concurring, on Tuesday (23 September) appealed to Iran and Iraq to stop fighting and settle their dispute peacefully. The appeal followed a day in which many countries told the United Nations they were concerned about events in the Gulf area.
SYNOPSIS: United Nations General Secretary Kurt Waldheim said the conflict could have serious and unpredictable consequences. He described the fighting as an outright war.
British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, said the United Nations could not ignore the fighting and called for a negotiated settlement.
Dr. Waldheim told Iranian and Iraqi representatives that his offices were available if they felt it would help in settling their differences. Delegates from nations at the Islamic Conference met to discuss how they could help.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko chose to ignore the crisis completely and repeated Soviet attacks on the United States for what he called past actions against Iran. In a long speech Mr. Gromyko repeated Soviet proposals for general disarmament. Lord Carrington said the United Nations had a right to expect an end to the fighting.
President Carter meanwhile called for all nations not to become involved.