The Security Council of the United Nations opened its debate on Monday (16 April) on the Israeli commando raids on Beirut and Lebanon, which took place on April 12th.
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"The Council, and the world it represents, certainly has the right and the duty to know whether peace efforts in the middle east have reached a dead end. After almost six years of Israeli occupation our people and indeed all the peoples of the world have the right to know whether the United Nations has succeeded or failed to - and I use the words of the charter - 'establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from international law could be maintained'."
Mr. Yosef Tekoah, the Israeli ambassador to the U.N., replied:
"To vindicate the position expounded by the Egyptian foreign minister is to vindicate the outrages committed by the Arab terrorists. Egypt is interested that terrorist activities should continue and expand not only in Lebanon. Fatah, Black September personnel, undergo training with the Egyptian army in a special camp. Special courses given in Egypt to members of terrorist organisations have included intelligence, frogmen, commandos, special weapons such as rockets and recoilless guns. At times Egyptians have been actively involved in operations by the terror groups."
The Lebanese ambassador replied:
"Israel bears the prime responsibility for this unhappy and enduring situation. The United Nations shares in the responsibility for allowing it to last and further degenerate. Such a situation cannot but prolong the suffering of Israel's victims and her intransigence and endanger international peace and security. Thank you, Mr. President."
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Background: The Security Council of the United Nations opened its debate on Monday (16 April) on the Israeli commando raids on Beirut and Lebanon, which took place on April 12th. Some twenty people were killed in the raids, including three leading Palestinian commando leaders. The Egyptian, Israeli and Lebanese delegates have spoken so far.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Hassan El-Zayyat has come to New York especially to coordinate Arab efforts at the debate. He called for a full review of the Middle East situation, including a report on the mission of the U.N.'s peace envoy, Dr Gunnar Jarring. The Jarring mission on the middle east has been at a standstill for the past two years.
Arab diplomats said they expected the 15-nation Council to debate for the rest of the week and then implement Dr Zayyat's suggestion. Dr Zayyat called for a clarification of U.N. thinking about the Middle-East:
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli ambassador, Mr. Yosef Tekoah, examined Egypt's attitude to terrorism.
Mr. Edouard Gorra observed that Israel was undeterred by U.N. resolutions.
The debate continues till at least the end of the week.