INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council met on Monday (9 March) to discuss complaints against Israel for a recent series of raids and air attacks.
GV INT United Nations Security Council in session. (MUTE)
SV Lebanese Permanent Representative Ghassan Teuni speaking.
GV Session continues. (MUTE).
SV Soviet representative, Richard Ovinnikov, speaking in Russian (with English translation).
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT): (SEQ 2): TUENI: "Mr. President, now what we ask from the Council, we ask that it exercise its responsibilities and prerogatives. That it should forcefully and with determination, not condemn or condone or regret or deplore or call upon, but in simple, magnetic terms initiate a mechanism for peace in my country, and more specifically, on the internationally-recognised border with Israel. Such an arrangement must, once the dangers of war are ascertained, present the otherwise unavoidable explosion, and create objective conditions for the success of a most difficult peace-keeping exercise. It was clear to the Council, when UNIFIL was created that the ultimate goal, beyond the cessation of hostilities, was to put an end to the erosion of the country, and of its people."
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT): (SEQ 4): TRANSLATOR: "The Soviet Union is ready in a constructive spirit, on a position of good-will, to take part in this work. We are ready to do this, together with other interested parties, with the Arabs including, of course, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) with Israel, and we are ready to embark on the search for such a solution together with the United States. We have, I would remind you, a certain amount of experience in this area, which we acquired a few years ago. We are ready to co-operate with European states, with all of us who have a sincere interest in bringing about a just and lasting peace in the Middle East."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council met on Monday (9 March) to discuss complaints against Israel for a recent series of raids and air attacks. One speaker, the first deputy Permanent Representative of the Soviet Union, Richard Ovinnikov, said his country was ready to seek a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. The Lebanese Permanent Representative, Ghassan Teuni, urged the Council to find a mechanism to initiate peace in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Lebanon, which initiated the complaints had firm ideas about the action it wanted.
Mr. Ovinnikov spoke in more general terms, and signalled a Soviet desire for comprehensive peace negotiations.