The Egyptian and Israeli governments will study a United Nations peace proposal, delegates of the two warring countries told Thursday night's (October 11) United Nations Security Council meeting.
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WALDHEIM: "I have no illusions about how difficult it is for countries in conflict to turn from war to peace. I have no wish to deflect anybody from what it believes to be its legitimate sovereign aims. I do, however, question whether the continuation of the war can possibly achieve those aims permanently for any of the parties. I am also deeply concerned at the wider threat to international peace and security which this situation may create."
EL-ZAYYAT: "These air raids on civilian targets and population. In our country's opinion, the government and command will do its best and make every effort to dissuade the military leaders of Israel from continuing these raids. This is the message my government wishes to convey.
ABBA EBAN: "They would like Israel to have its hands tied behind its back, so they can shoot it accurately in the head - just like the eleven Israeli sportsmen under the protection of the Olympic flag at Munich, whose brutal murder, in just that fashion, was so fervently applauded by the official spokesmen of Egypt and of Syria. Is it not obvious, Mr. President, that those who take the responsibility for launching a war assume the terrible responsibility for its consequences?"
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The film includes sections of speeches by United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Zayyat and Israeli foreign Minister Abba Eban.
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Background: The Egyptian and Israeli governments will study a United Nations peace proposal, delegates of the two warring countries told Thursday night's (October 11) United Nations Security Council meeting.
The meeting itself was at times, in the four hour session, little more than a slanging match between Egyptian Foreign Minister El-Zayyat, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohamed Zakaria Ismail and Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
United Nations secretary General Kurt Waldheim issued a statement asking for peace, but there was no agreement on ceasefire measures at the meeting. Many delegates felt the world body should keep trying, if necessary meeting throughout the weekend and beyond.
At the adjournment, the President, Sir Laurence McIntyre of Australia, announced that the council would meet again on friday evening (12th October).