The United Nations Security Council failed on Wednesday night (14 July) to take any formal action over the Israeli commando raid on Entebbe airport, Uganda, to free some 100 hijack hostages early this month.
Libyan Ambassador Mansur Kikhya speaking
Tanzanian Ambassador Salim A. Salim speaking
GV and SV: Security council President Piero Vinci of Italy speaking
SV: British Ambassador Ivor Richard speaking
"We do not expect any recourse, especially during this election year, a time when the Zionists can make or or break American politicians. But we still address, Mr. President, out legitimate inquiries to the American people. These great people, in time, will discover the great Zionist conspiracy against their country and against their own vital interests. One day, the American people will discover the true catastrophic dimensions of the unlimited American commitment to the Zionist movement".
"In view of all these circumstances and in view of the fact that there seems to be a determination to completely ignore or at least pass over Africa's legitimate complaint, we do not think that in these circumstances it would be ideal for us to insist on the voting on the draft resolution contained in document S-12139".
"The result of the voting is as follows. The draft resolution received six votes in favour...no votes against...two abstentions seven members of the Council did not participate in the vote. The draft resolution has not been adopted, having failed to receive the required majority of votes."
"May I assure him that the government and the people of the United Kingdom are not prepared to submit to threats from whatever quarter those threats may come. You can persuade the British to do a great deal, Mr. President, but blackmail will not work".
The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Sweden and Japan voted for the Anglo-American resolution. Panama and Romania abstained. China, the Soviet Union, Benin, Pakistan, Libya and Guyana did not participate in the vote.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council failed on Wednesday night (14 July) to take any formal action over the Israeli commando raid on Entebbe airport, Uganda, to free some 100 hijack hostages early this month. After four days of bitter debate, the sponsors withdrew an African resolution to condemn Israel for what was described as flagrant violation of uganda's sovereignty and territorial integrity. But the United States and Britain insisted upon on a vote on their rival resolution to condemn hijacking. The resolution was defeated when only six members voted for it. Here is an excerpt from the statement made to the Council during the debate by Mansur Kikhya, the Libyan Ambassador. He is followed by Salim A. Salim, the Tanzanian Ambassador, withdrawing the African resolution. The President of the Council, Piero vinci of Italy, gives the result of the vote on the Anglo-American resolution and the British delegate, Ivor Richard, speaks on what he calls serious threats against the British community in Uganda. First, the statement by the Libyan Ambassador.