On Tuesday (30 November) the Security Council of the United Nations voted to keep the UN peace-keeping force in the Golan Heights, between Syria and Israel, for a further six months.
GV EXTERIOR: UN building.
SV INTERIOR: delegate from Panama Jorge Illueca speaking
SV: Richard Ovinnikov of Soviet Union speaks
GV: Security Council delegates seated.
SV: Chinese delegate Lai Ya-Li speaking.
The U.N. force was established for an initial period of six months by a Security Council resolution on 31 May, 1974, following the signature in Geneva of a disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. The agreement was arranged by U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. The Security Council has voted to maintain the UN peace keeping force in the Golan each time the issue has returned before it.
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Background: On Tuesday (30 November) the Security Council of the United Nations voted to keep the UN peace-keeping force in the Golan Heights, between Syria and Israel, for a further six months.
SYNOPSIS: The resolution was agreed upon only hours before the previous order keeping the buffer force in the area would have expired. There have been intensive consultations and a meeting of the Council was postponed twice.
The President of the Council Mr. Jorge Illueca of Panama announced the extension of the mandate of the 1,200 man U.N. Disengagement Observer Force after the vote was taken. Earlier the renewal had been held up by the Syrian representative pressing the Council to include in the resolution an excerpt from Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's report to the members, calling for continued and intensified peace efforts in the area.
The Soviet Union's Deputy Permanent Representative Mr. Richard Ovinnikov told the Council that the area between Syria and Israel was still a focal point of international tension. He said that Israel was responsible for this tension. Israel is understood to have wanted a straightforward renewal of the mandate.
China abstained from voting as it has down whenever the matter has been discussed by the Security Council. Deputy Representative Mr. Lai Ya-Li said his country's position on the subject was well known and was different in principle. This was why he would not vote. China does not feel the United Nations should be handling the Middle East problem.