Israel's policies - and the Camp David accords with Egypt - have drawn criticism from representatives of three countries in the United Nations General Assembly.
SCU Soviet Permanent Representative to United Nations General Assembly, Oleg Troyanovsky, speaking in Russian.
GV General Assembly in session.
SCU Saudi Arabian alternate Representative Gaafar Allagany speaking in Arabic.
SV Israeli delegate writing.
SV Qatar Permanent Representative Jasim Yousif Jamal speaking in Arabic.
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Background: Israel's policies - and the Camp David accords with Egypt - have drawn criticism from representatives of three countries in the United Nations General Assembly. Strong words came from the USSR, Qatar and Saudi Arabian representatives on Tuesday (9 December) during a debate on the Middle East. The previous day the chief Israeli delegate, Yehuda Blum, criticised the General Assembly for restricting its annual debate on this subject to the Arab-Israeli tensions. In the debate, the Soviet Permanent Representative, Mr. Oleg Troyanovsky, presented his country's view.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Troyanovsky continued the attack the Russians have been making against the Camp David agreements since they were signed under the guidance of President Carter. He called the pact a tripartite agreement to form a military alliance between Egypt and Israel, with both countries subordinate to the United States. Washington, he said, was increasing military strength in the region to protect American oil monopolies.
Saudi Arabia's alternate representative, Mr. Gaafar Allagany, addressed the Assembly.
His country considered Middle East tension remained grave because Israel was pursuing policies that were both aggressive and defiant of world opinion.
Mr. Allagany said it was not right for Israel to point a finger at Iran and Iraq, citing the continuing Gulf war as a source of unrest and concern in the region. Saudi Arabia believed that the major cause of tension was one which Israel could help to resolve - the Palestine question.
More stern comment against Israel came from Qatar's permanent representative. Mr. Jasim Yousif Jamal. He said Israel was continuing an arrogant policy, a Zionist scheme to devour the West Bank and Gaza, and to annex Jerusalem. Mr. Jamal believed that Israel had kept a major international problem inflamed by disregarding United Nations resolutions on the Middle East.