The United States abstained on Monday (30 June) from a United Nations Security Council vote calling for an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories.
GV UN Secretary Council meeting in New York.
SV PLO representative Mr. Zehdi Terzi speaking in English.
SV Ambassador Algard of Norway asking for votes.
SV PAN Delegates voting abstentious/announcement of results of voting/Ambassador announces results/ (4 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Terzi replying after vote, in English.
TERZI: "It is not only the question of the buildings. The buildings mean nothing sir, if they do not have worshippers. It could be a museum, and as a matter of fact, his Holiness and Pope had mentioned that he was really concerned, that the places of worship in Jerusalem will eventually become museums for lack of worshippers. This is what we are interested in. We're interested in the fate of the people, the human element, not just the buildings. Mr President the Council have on several occasions affirmed the invalidity of all the actions taken by the occupying power to change the characteristic of this city. The Council is called upon to take adequate measures to prevent the further deterioration and exacerbation of the situation. Thank you sir."
ALGARD: "Those in favour of the draft resolution, which is contained in document S/14031 please raise your hands.
"The result of the voting is as follows: 14 votes in favour, no votes against, and one abstention. The draft resolution has been adopted as resolution 476 -- 1980."
TERZI: "This Council sir has unanimously asserted its rejection of Israeli unilateral action taken in Jerusalem. It has unanimously affirmed its rejection of the Israeli dictate in the Holy Land. It has unanimously affirmed its support to the Palestinian people."
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Background: The United States abstained on Monday (30 June) from a United Nations Security Council vote calling for an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories. The resolution also criticised plans to change the status of Jerusalem
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Zehdi Terzi Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) representative had this reaction.