For the second time in less than a month, the United Nations Security Council, on Friday (21 July), called on Israel to release six Syrian and Lebanese officers abducted by an Israeli patrol, which penetrated into Lebanese territory on 21 June.
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"The opening paragraph, two, deplores the fact, and quite rightly, that efforts have not yet been able to secure the release of the Syrian and Lebanese military and security personnel, who have been abducted. Opening paragraph three calls on Israel for the return of the above mentioned personnel without delay. The last opening paragraph requests that the President of the Security Council, with the Secretary-General, make renewed efforts to secure the implementation of the President's wishes. Mr President, as I said, earlier on, it is not my intention to reopen the debate. We feel that here we should concern ourselves primarily with the release of the kidnapped, or abducted, persons. And that we should try to ensure that the decisions of this Council are respected. That the rule of international law must prevail. That no member state of this organisation can expect to be, to enjoy, a privileged position, whereby when it is suited (indistinct). When it is against its interests, it can turn its back to the Security Council".
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Background: For the second time in less than a month, the United Nations Security Council, on Friday (21 July), called on Israel to release six Syrian and Lebanese officers abducted by an Israeli patrol, which penetrated into Lebanese territory on 21 June.
In a resolution approved on Friday, the 15-nation council also deplored the fact that Israel had so far given no effect to the Council's previous call, on 26 June, for the return of the officers.
The United States abstained in the voting, but all the other members voted in favour of the resolution, which was jointly sponsored by Guinea, India, Somalia, Sudan and Yugoslavia.
Israel did not take part in the new debate, in protest against the Council's refusal to discus in parallel Israel's proposals for a mutual exchange of prisoners of war on both sides in the Middle East conflict.
On Thursday (20 July) Somalia's Ambassador, Abdulrahim Abby Farah, introduced the resolution to the Security Council.