United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Daniel Moynihan, warned the Security Council on Monday (19 January), that any unilateral tampering with the basis for Middle East peace talks, risked destroying the negotiating process entirely.
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A full transcript of the extract of Mr. Moynihan's speech follows:
MOYNIHAN: "The United States is prepared to co-operate with all the states involved on all the issues. We are aware that there can be no durable solution unless we can make every effort to promote a solution of the key issues of a just and lasting peace in the area on the basis of security council resolutions 242 and 338. Taking into account the legitimate interest of all the people of the area, including the Palestinian people, and respect the right of independent existence of all states in the area. We believe there is enough leeway in the present arrangements to achieve progress if there is the will to use them; that all the problems before us can be dealt most effectively by the negotiating process. And that such changes as may be required in our approach must be worked out in the Geneva process."
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Background: United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Daniel Moynihan, warned the Security Council on Monday (19 January), that any unilateral tampering with the basis for Middle East peace talks, risked destroying the negotiating process entirely.
Addressing the council as it began its second week of special debate on the Middle East question, Mr. Moynihan, said that since all parties had agreed on the framework for talks, all of them should agree to any changes.
The U.S. is expected to veto any draft that would radically alter the existing basis for peace negotiations.
He said America wanted the council to recognise the "legitimate interests" of all the people in the area, including the Palestinian people and "respect for the right to independent existence of all states in the area".
With Israel boycotting the debate, because of the presence of a PLO delegation, any resolution adopted would run the risk of not being accepted by both sides.
As yet no resolution has been put before the 15-nation council.
Mr. Moynihan said that all the issues being discussed wold be most effectively dealt with at a Geneva or preparatory conference.
The Geneva conference, of which the U.S. and Soviet Union are co-chairmen, has not been convened for nearly two years. Egyptian President Sadat has asked that it be reconvened and that the PLO join the negotiators.