The proposed new Security Council resolution came up for debate on thursday (23 August) in the United Nations.
SV Terzi facing reporter
CU Terzi speaking in English and replying to reporter's question (3 shots)
SV Blum facing reporter
CU Blum speaking in English (3 shots)
TERZI: "There is only one objective, and the objective is that we have our rights restored. That we like any other people, and benefiting from the universal declaration of human rights, that we carry into our homes, and benefiting from the principles of the charter, we can exercise our rights to self determination, national independence and sovereignty in our own country."
REPORTER: "Do you feel President Carter is still sincere in the light of the Andrew Young affair, in his pledge to seek a just settlement of the Palestinian question?"
TERZI: "What we sense here, is that President Carter might at this stage want to get a just settlement. Unfortunately he's going the wrong way about it, and he is not adopting the approach that was universally accepted: namely to start by recognising the presence, the existence of the Palestinian people, to recognise the rights of the Palestinian people, and to recognise the necessity, that for any peace, it should be a comprehensive peace, in which all the parties participate, including the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the representative of the Palestinian people."
BLUM: "We are now in the middle of the peace process in the Middle East, we signed with Egypt several months ago, the historic peace treaty, the first ever Arab Israel peace treaty. This came in the wake of the Camp David accords, signed last September, between Israel and egypt, with the active participation of the United States. Those accords were based on Security Council resolution 242, a resolution that contains all the ingredients for the achievement of peace in the Middle East. Any tampering with that resolution, with the delicate balance that was achieved within that resolution, can only adversely affect the ongoing, peace process in the Middle East. And this is precisely the purpose of all those who have initiated the present Security Council debate. They want to undermine the peace process in the Middle East. They want to tamper with Security Council Resolution 242. And behind these enemies of peace, of course is the P.L.O. which has been adamantly opposed to the peace process in the Middle Eat from the beginning. Now, we objected, we protested Ambassador Young's encounter with Mr. Terzi not merely for its own sake, but also because to us, this was yet another indication of a shift we have detected in the U.S. foreign policy in recent months ... a shift many aspects of which, in our view, constitute a clear departure from long time American assurances given to us."
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Background: The proposed new Security Council resolution came up for debate on thursday (23 August) in the United Nations. the resolution to be introduced, is expected to assert that the Palestinian people should be allowed to exercise their "inalienable right of self-determination, national independence and sovereignty in Palestine." This is watered down version of a Kuwaiti resolution calling for self-determination including the right to establish a state of Palestine. The Palestinian Liberation Organisation's permanent observer to the U.N. Zedhi Terzi, spoke to newsmen on the eve of the debates.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Yehuda Blum called the debate a P.L.O move to undermine peace."