The United States re-committed itself to increasing its peacemaking efforts in the Middle East after vetoing a Security Council resolution on Palestinian rights on Monday (26 January).
TOP VIEW AND SV Delegates seated at table. (3 shots) (MUTE)
SV Pakistani delegation speaks.
SV President of Security Council speaking.
The film is serviced with a speech from the Pakistani Ambassador, Iqbal Akund: A transcript follows:-
AKUND: "We are sorry that Israel stayed away from the debate, and has instead been crying havoc all over and hurling defiance against the alleged bias and dictation of the United Nations. In truth it is Israel, which is maintaining by use of force and wishes to be left alone to continue its occupation of the territories of its Arab neighbours. Persistence in this policy of force can only breed more violence, engender further bitterness and make evermore remote the prospect of peace and co-operation the Israeli government professes to be seeking and which all the people of the Middle East desire anew".
A transcript also follows of the counting of the votes by Security Council President, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Salim Ahmed Salim:
SALIM: "Those in favour please raise their hands. Those opposed. Those abstaining. The result of the vote is as follows. Nine in favour, one against, three abstentions, two members not participating. The draft resolution has therefore not been adopted according to the negative vote of one permanent member of the council."
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Background: The United States re-committed itself to increasing its peacemaking efforts in the Middle East after vetoing a Security Council resolution on Palestinian rights on Monday (26 January).
The veto, the 13th by the US, stopped a resolution calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territory occupied since the 1967 war.
The resolution was backed by nine countries - Benin, France, Guyana, Japan, Pakistan, Panama, Romania, the Soviet Union and Tanzania. Britain, Italy and Sweden abstained, while China and Libya did not take part in the vote.
Explaining his veto, the US Ambassador Daniel Moynihan, said the resolution would have altered the existing framework for Middle East peace efforts, in ways "that would have been seriously harmful to the future of the peace making process".
The framework referred to by Mr. Moynihan was the machinery of the December 1973 Geneva Peace Conference, based on council resolutions adopted in 1967 and 1973.
Also at issue during the council debate was the status of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Israel boycotted the council session in protest against the participation of the PLO.
The US State department said afterwards that America would be active in the coming months in working towards a settlement for the region.