The United Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East on Thursday (15 January) developed into a furious row between the Soviet Union and China.
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JAMIL BAROODY (SAUDI ARABIAN AMBASSADOR): "Mr. President, for well nigh three decades the question of Palestine has embroiled us, and I do hope that we are beginning to see the light over the horizon (unclear) and though the representative of Israel is not physically present in this chamber I am sure he is following our proceedings.
(BAROODY): We trust that the moderation that was manifested by the representative of the PLO will make Mr. Herzog realise the (unclear) of his government or rather will make Mr. Herzog and his government listen to the voice of freedom for the sake of all the parties concerned in the Middle East."
Soviet ambassador Mr. Jacob Malik at the United Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East on Thursday. His speech signalled the start of a furious row between Russia and China. Mr. Malik called for the speedy resumption of the Geneva peace conference with the full participation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation - PLO - who have spoken during the debate.
Chinese ambassador Mr. Lai Ya-li accused the Soviet Union of playing a shameful role as a speculative merchant in the Middle East - buying Arab oil cheap and selling it dear to other markets.
The Russian delegate later replied that the Chinese remarks were monstrous slander.
Israel has not attended because of the POL's presence but Saudi Arabian delegate Mr. Jamil Baroody was sure they were following the debate.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East on Thursday (15 January) developed into a furious row between the Soviet Union and China. Russian and Chinese delegates accused each other of "following in the footsteps of Hitler".
The exchange of insults began after Chinese delegate Mr. Lai Ya-li said the Russians had dealt with the Arabs with "honey on their lips and murder in their hearts".
The Russian delegate Mr. Jacob Malik charged the Chinese with "monstrous slander". He said that after the death of Chou En-lai the Chinese delegate might have declared "a moratorium for himself on the systematic slandering of the Soviet Union".
Mr. Lai had earlier accused Russia of entering into secret talks with israel and taking advantage of the Arabs by pressing them for repayment of arms debts. He said the Soviet Union was playing "a shameful role as a speculative merchant" by buying up Arab oil cheap and selling it dear to other markets.
In his speech Mr. Malik rejected the step by step approach to a Middle East settlement - assumed to be an allusion to United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger's attempts to achieve peace. Mr. Malik called for the speedy resumption of the Geneva conference with the full participation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), who have spoken during the debate.
Israel has withdrawn from the debate because of the PLO presence but in his speech Saudi Arabian ambassador Mr. Jamil Baroody said he was sure Israel was nevertheless following the proceedings. He hoped Israeli ambassador Mr. Herzog would listen to "the voice of freedom" (of the PLO) "for the sake of all parties concerned in the Middle East".
The film includes extracts from Mr. Malik's speech in Russian, Mr. Lai's speech in Chinese and Saudi delegate Mr. Baroody's speech in English. A translation of some of Mr. Malik and Mr. Lai's remarks appears overleaf. A transcript of Mr. Baroody's remarks appears below.