The British delegate at the United Nations, Sir Colin Crowe, yesterday (Monday) reaffirmed this country's support for the Security Council resolution of 1967 aimed at restoring peace to the Middle East.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2): CROWE: Mr. President we understand the reasons which prompted Arab delegations to bring this problem to be Assembly this year. We have serious doubts about whether it is proper for the Assembly to attempt in any way to alter a resolution of the Security Council. We should therefore not be able to support any resolution in the Assembly which sought to amplify, modify or alter the balance of resolution 242, or which sought to do more than simply reaffirm resolution 242, and appeal for early progress towards its implementation. But more important than our doubts about the legal position is the firm conviction that it is unwise for the assembly to attempt to alter the resolution 242. As the authors of that resolution we are naturally proud of it. But even allowing for our pride of authorship we believe that it does contain all the essential elements in a just and lasting peace in the area. But perhaps its greatest virtue, is the fact that it was adopted unanimously and still commands the support of the very great majority of the members of the United Nations.
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Background: The British delegate at the United Nations, Sir Colin Crowe, yesterday (Monday) reaffirmed this country's support for the Security Council resolution of 1967 aimed at restoring peace to the Middle East.
This resolution, number 242, states that Israel should pull back from territory captured in 1967 in exchange for secure and recognised boundaries with the Arab states.
The British delegates speech followed British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home's weekend speech on the situation, which brought angry Israeli reaction, because of what some Israeli officials considered was over-emphasis on the withdrawal question. The statement in the U.N. came on the eve of the Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs Golda Meir's visit to Britain.