INTRODUCTION: France urged the Security Council on Monday (15 June) to condemn Israel's destruction of a nuclear plant in Iraq, and said the Israeli government should pay compensation.
GV Security Council in session
SV France's Permanent Representative Jacques Leprette speaking in French
SV Japan's Permanent Representative, Masahiro Nisibori speaking
SV Japan's Permanent Representative Masahiro Nisibori speaking
SV Egypt's Permanent Representative, Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MASAHIRO NISIBORI: (SEQ. 3) "Mr. President, Israel is attempting to justify the action by claiming that it was carried out for defensive purposes. My delegation would like to point out that in a recent statement the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iraq, as a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, subscribes to the safeguard system to the satisfaction of the Agency. If, in spite of this assurance Israel suspected that Iraq intended to produce atomic bombs it should, in our view, have sought to settle the matter by peaceful means, such as submitting it to the IAEA for consideration. We believe that Israel's resorting directly to military measures is absolutely unjustifiable."
AHMED ESMAT ABDEL MEGUID: (SEQ. 4) "To conclude Mr. President, Egypt has been affected by this act of aggression, in as much as all Arab countries and people have been. Egypt has been and will continue to be an organic part and parcel of the Arab nation. Our history is one. Our present aspirations and ordeals are one. Our common destiny is and always will be one. Not one person, government or country should be under the illusion that Egypt's national interest differs from those of the Arab people. And I say that loud and clear. They are one and the same. Egypt, as it has been in war, will fulfil in peace all its historical tasks in safeguarding and enhancing the legitimate interests and aspirations of the Arab people. Thank you Mr. President."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: France urged the Security Council on Monday (15 June) to condemn Israel's destruction of a nuclear plant in Iraq, and said the Israeli government should pay compensation. French delegate Jacques Leprette was speaking during the third day of the Council debate on the raid, shortly before Third World states revived demands for mandatory sanctions against Israel.
SYNOPSIS: M. Leprette denied Israel's charge that the French-built reactor would have helped provide Iraq with nuclear bombs for use against Israel. While renewing France's commitment to Israeli security, he appealed to Israel to end such military assaults and pay reparations to Iraq.
Permanent Representatives, Masahiro Nisibori of Japan, and Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid of Egypt, both joined in condemning the Israeli raid on June 7.