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    INTRODUCTION: The annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel has resulted in Arab states at the United Nations General Assembly, led by Syria, asking the Security Council to declare the action null and void.

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    SV Algerian representative Mohammed Bedjaoui speaking in French.

    SV China delegate seated listening.

    SV Turkey representative Coskun Kirca, speaking in English.

    GV Delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)

    SV Djibouti delegate, Saleh Haji Farar Dirir, speaking in English.

    GV Delegates listening. (3 SHOTS)

    SV Democratic Republic of Yemen representative, Abdalla Saleh Ashtal speaking in English.


    SEQ. 3: KIRCA: "Israel seems to be impervious to the concerns of even her closest friends They would like to remind Israel that one can reap only what one sows. Israel's fait accompli with respect to the Golan Heights fraught with extreme danger, and portends the most serious and highly destabilising repercussions in a volatile and fragile region."

    SEQ. 5: DIRIR: "We call upon all peace-loving nations to vehemently reject the waves of aggression and expansionist movement from Tel Aviv regime, condemn all measures taken by its regime in the occupied Arab territories to change the demographic, geographic character and institutionalist spectre of these territories and declare them as null and void."

    SEQ. 7: ASHTAL: "The Middle East today is more polarised and more militarised then ever, The military industrial complex in Washington is bartering oil for turmoil. Like the prospective American salesman, American foreign policymakers have reduced their options tot eh art of selling arms and creating a market for it. In the Middle East, the strategic consensus. The strategic consensus is but a smoke-screen -- Washington's real aim is to forge a strategic alliance with Israel, an alliance directed against the aspirations of the Palestinian people and the security of the Arab states."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel has resulted in Arab states at the United Nations General Assembly, led by Syria, asking the Security Council to declare the action null and void. The critics have also demanded that the annexation be rescinded. The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, approved the annexation on Monday (14 December). The UN has said their peace-keeping forces in the area would still subject Israeli forces to regular inspections, and they would consider any Israeli attempt to interfere a violation of the 1974 dis-engagement agreement.

    SYNOPSIS: The Permanent Representative from Algeria, Mr. Mohammed Befjaoui, opened the afternoon session of the General Assembly debate on the Golan Heights on Tuesday (15 December). he said the annexation was an act of legislative piracy. He added that, if the Camp David Accord permitted this illegality, then the Accord itself was illegal. The Security Council, which met on Monday night (14 December), had already decided to defer action on Syria's resolution condemning the action. The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, said in jerusalem that the decision had been taken without consulting the United States. The Syrians have called on the UN to impose sanctions, should the Israelis not reverse their decision. The annexation has been widely condemned since the announcement on Monday (14 December).

    The Permanent Representative from Turkey, Mr. Coskun Circa, addressed the General Assembly.

    The Permanent Representative from Djibouti, Mr. Saleh Haji Farah Dirir, spoke to the delegates.

    Mr. Abdalla Saleh Ashtal, the Permanent Representative from the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen was next to address the Assembly.

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