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    The Jordanian Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdul Hamid Sharaf Said, has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians from their homeland.

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    GV INT U.N. Security Council in session

    CU & SV Jordanian delegate speaking

    ABDUL HAMID SHARAF SAID: "The council has the facts before it. It has the report of the Committee in its hands. The moral considerations and political implications are clear. The framework of just settlement for the Palestinian question and the Middle East problem does not raise intellectual difficulties. But the Security Council has to come to grips with the practical requirements of a successful implementation of such a settlement of which the primary requirement is collective will and readiness to act, rather than escape or postpone. It is not remarkable that Israel has managed for so long and since that option and since their option in November 29, 1947, of the partition resolution by the General Assembly to avoid defining its own borders between that date and the end of 1948, Israel occupied a substantial area beyond the area designated in the resolution. Now since June, 1967, Israel occupies the whole of the West Bank and the Gaza. But all of Palestine is under Israel de facto jurisdiction. The Palestinian right of self-determination must find its expression in Palestine in spite of Israel's unjust and indefensible opposition. Mr. President, the United Nations representing the international community, must throw its weight behind the requirements of a just settlement. The United Nations is not an observer. The international community is not unconcerned with the problem in the Middle East. The United Nations must be ready to mobilise its resources and find a plan of justice in the Middle East. It must be ready to bear its responsibilities and enforce its vision of peace and guarantee a future justice. Thank you, Mr. President."

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    Background: The Jordanian Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdul Hamid Sharaf Said, has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians from their homeland. He was speaking in the Security Council debate on the issue.

    SYNOPSIS: In the debate, on a report by the 20-nation U.N. Committee on Palestine Rights, he referred to Israel's presence on the West Bank of the Jordan and said Israel could not escape its responsibility in displacing so many Palestinians.

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