Black leaders in the United States have reacted with dismay to the resignation of Andrew Young as U.
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CU & SV Andrew Young answering reporters question. (6 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPTS: REPORTER:"Were you force out sir?"
YOUNG:"No, I was not forced out. I resigned by choice, because I felt the issues .. that the issues I was trying to deal with in this situation was the issue of peace in the Middle East. And I think it's important for us to find ways to reconcile the situation that exists between Israel and her Arab neighbours. And I think that's the issue that needs to be discussed -- that's the critical issue for United States foreign policy and for United States domestic policy at this moment. The problem is, and my problem -- if I have a problem -- is that I sought to protect the State Department from the things that I was doing. And I did that in part because the State Department had very little credibility with either the Israelis or the Arabs. And I thought that maybe by an aggressive personal act...on my part, that I think was honest and that ... that made me vulnerable -- that openness and vulnerability would give me and therefore the United State the credibility we needed to postpone a crisis. I think we did and the fact remains that a resolution was coming up on the first of August that had we voted of it, we would have totally alienated Israel. Had we voted against it, we would have faced serious consequences from the Arab world. If we would have abstained, we would have made everybody mad. It's my job as a member of the Permanent Representative in this mission to protect my country from that type of choice, regardless of ... you know... what the cost is. And I have no regrets, and would do it again. Some people feel uncomfortable with that style of diplomacy. I think the only way when everybody's questioning and when everybody is insecure and doubting, the only way to deal with the problem is to let it all hang out and let the chips fall where they may. Insofar, as there are tensions and crises in the Middle East, it's going to have an impact...an economic impact on this nation. That economic impact will most likely be suffered by the poorest of the poor in this nation who happen to be blacks. So black leaders have a vested interest in settling this conflict, but in no way should that ever be seen as being in a way that it was not before ...in which case, the Jewish community will have the responsibility of finding a way to relate to that without being anti-black."
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Background: Black leaders in the United States have reacted with dismay to the resignation of Andrew Young as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. But the White House has been quick to reassure Americans there is a strong possibility that Mr. Young's replacement will be black. Officials said on Thursday (16 August) that the choice of a new ambassador had been narrowed down to a short list of three -- two black candidates and one white. The two blacks are Barbara Jordan -- a former member of Congress -- and Reverend Jesse Jackson -- president of Operation Push, a black self-help organisation. Mr Young handed in his resignation to President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday (15 August) after a controversy broke over a private meeting between the Ambassador and the Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the United Nations. At a news conference in Washington on Thursday (16 August), Mr. Young denied he had been force to resign.