The United Nations Security Council on Friday (21 October) renewed the mandate of the U.N.?
GV: Vote being taken in Security Council.
SCU: Security Council President, Rikhi Jaipal of India, announcing result of vote.
SCU: United States Deputy U.N. Ambassador James Leonard speaking for resolution
SV: Security Councillor Ali Ral Gayed of Libya speaking against resolution.
JAIPAL: "The results of the resolution received 13 votes, in favour, none against, no abstentions. Two members of the Council did not participate in the vote. The draft resolution in Document S stroke one two four one nine has therefore been adopted."
LEONARD: "We are gratified that the parties have once again agreed to an extension of UNEF. In doing so, we believe they have re-affirmed their commitment to the ceasefire and disengagement, as well as to the larger goal of a peaceful settlement in the Middle East."
ALI RAL GAYED: "We contend, Mr. President, that any just and lasting solution must be solidly based on the principles enshrined in our Charter, including that of that inadmiss...inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by the use of force....of force. Moreover, our General Assembly Resolutions three six and thirty-two thirty-seven of the Session, re-affirming the unalienable rights of the Palestinian people; General Assembly, Resolution thirty-three thirty-six of the 30th Session, proposing means designed to enable the Palestinian people to achieve their national , rights; and General Assembly Resolution thirty-three seventy-nine, of the same Session, condemning Zionism as a racist movement, must be fully incorporated into any framework calling for a just and peaceful solution."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council on Friday (21 October) renewed the mandate of the U.N. Emergency Force in Sinai for another year, until 24 October, 1978. The force contains 4,297 officers and men from seven countries. It was established in the wake of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war to serve as a buffer between the armies of Egypt and Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The vote being taken. Israel later welcomed the decision, as it wanted the force to remain until Israel and Egypt conclude a follow-up agreement to the one they struck in 1975. Council members agreed unanimously the force should not be a crutch delaying a permanent solution. Council President, Rikhi Jaipal, of India, read the result: