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    The United Nations Security Council has demanded Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. The move follows?

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    GV United Nations Security Council in session.

    SV Lebanese delegate Ghassan Tueni speaking in English.

    GV Delegates seated

    SV Israeli delegate Chaim Herzog, speaking in English.

    SV Delegates listening.

    SV Egyptian delegate Esmat Abdel Meguid, speaking in English.

    TUENI: "What we ask for is that we should be permitted to live in peace and unity, that our sovereignty should be restored over our territory - all of our territory - and that our people be protected against international murder. Mr. President, the immediate cessation of hostilities and the immediate withdrawal of the invaders should be the unanimous demand of the council and of the world community as much as ours in the Lebanon. So let my people live. Let my people live."

    HERZOG: "We have witnessed in the last four months the beginnings of the first real dialogue towards peace on the one hand and an avowed and open attempt to sabotage and destroy that process on the other hand. Never has the choice been clearer, and it has been for each country to declare itself - for or against the peace talks. This world organisation showed where it stood last November when, ignoring President Sadat's momentous visit to Jerusalem, it chose instead to continue indulging in sterile condemnations of Israel."

    MEGUID: "This vicious circle will not and unless Israel comes to grips with the core of the Middle East problem-that is, to address itself directly and quickly to the solution of the Palestinian question. Israel cannot deny anymore, or postpone the moment of truth, that there is a Palestinian people who have the same right to live in peace and security as all other people. Security will not prevail unless a just peace is based on the complete Israel withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories, and a solution to the Palestinian question in all its aspects, recognising the rights of the Palestinian people."

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    Background: The United Nations Security Council has demanded Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. The move follows a further thrust by Israeli forces into Lebanese territory after nearly a week of fighting. The attack on Palestinian bases followed the murder by Palestinian guerrillas of a busload of Israeli civilians. On Sunday night (March 19) as the 15-nation Security Council voted, Israeli troops were reported to be moving well beyond the limits of their originally-proclaimed buffer zone. The United Nations proposes replacing the Israeli forces with a peace-keeping force of some 4,000 men. The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia abstained in the vote and China did not take part.

    SYNOPSIS: Two days of debate preceded the vote. Lebanese delegate Ghassan Tueni put the case for his country:
    The Israeli position was explained by U.N. representative, Chaim Herzog.

    Egypt's permanent representative, Esmat Abdel Meguid, also spoke.

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