The demands of the Arab nations were made clear at the United Nations on Tuesday (13 January) when the Security Council resumed its debate on the Middle East.
GV INTERIOR PLO Delegates walking to places
SV Jordanian delegate speaking
SV U.S. delegate listening ZOOM OUT TO GV OF Council (MUTE)
SV Syrian delegate speaking
ABDUL HAMID SHARAF (Jordanian delegate): "Syria's here, Egypt is here, Jordan is here, the Palestinians are here. A rare and precious moment exists but it is about to be lost. How far the situation is from the claims heard over the air from Israel and its spokesman .. that Israel is always ready and eager for peace and for dialogue. On the issue of peace and war in the Middle East, and that it was the Arabs who were closed and negative. The present situation proves the contrary."
MOWAFFAK ALLAF (Syrian delegate): "The maker of the conflict and always has been Zionist aggression against the land of Palestine and its people. In as much as the Zionist aggression against the Arab people did not start in June 1967, the solution to the Middle East conflict cannot be based on resolutions or solutions that take into account only what has happened since that date."
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Background: The demands of the Arab nations were made clear at the United Nations on Tuesday (13 January) when the Security Council resumed its debate on the Middle East.
In their opening statements, both Egypt and Syria emphasised the need for formal recognition by the council of the "national rights" of the Palestinians.
The also insisted on the complete withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied territories, a point left ambiguous in the council's Resolution 242, adopted in 1967. That resolution sets guidelines for a settlement following the Israeli-Arab war in that year.
Israel was again absent from the discussions, in protest at the participation of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
The council invitation to the PLO to take part and the subsequent Israeli boycott has caused anger. An effort by the United States' representative, Mr. Daniel Moynihan, to have the invitation blocked was outvoted by eleven votes to one, with Britain, France and Italy abstaining.
SYNOPSIS: The fifteen-member United Nations Security Council resumed its discussions on the Middle East on Tuesday. But the meeting is being boycotted by Israel because the council agreed to let the Palestinian Liberation Organisation take part. This caused anger at the meeting and Jordan's spokesman, Abdul Hamid Sharaf sharply criticised Israel for not taking part.
The views of the Arab nations were made clear during the initial debate. Speakers emphasised the need for formal recognition by the council of what they termed the national rights of the Palestinians. They insisted on the complete withdrawal by Israel from all the occupied territories. This point was deliberately left ambiguous in the council resolution which set guidelines for a settlement after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Syria's representative was Mowaffak Allaf ..