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M. KELANI: "These acts of barbarity show that Israel would not recoil from any barbarity of savagery. They prove Israel's disregard of all human values and international conventions regarding the protection of civilians in time of war. His Excellency Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has, with a heart full of affliction and sadness, informed us of the death of a certain number of military members of the U.N. Supervision Organisation and of a number of U.N. experts, who were the victims of the barbaric Israeli bombardment of civilian targets in Damascus."
MR. EL-ZAYYAT: "If these raids on civilian targets in our countries continue, then the Government of Egypt will do its best and make every effort to prevent the military leaders of Israel from continuing these raids. Thank you, Mr. President."
MR. TEKOAH: "... in particular the Government of the U.S.S.R. and to the Government of Norway and to the United Nations, we express our grief and condolences. My delegation will join the expression of sympathy by members of the Security Council for all the victims of the renewed warfare, men, women and children, whether they be Egyptian, Syrian, Israeli of citizens of other states. However, responsibility for these losses must be placed squarely where it belongs."
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THERE FOLLOWS TRANSLATION OF THE SPEECH (IN FRENCH) BY SYRIAN AMBASSADOR HAISSAM KELANI AND TRANSCRIPTIONS OF THE SPEECHES BY EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMED EL-ZAYYAT AND ISRAELI AMBASSADOR YOSEF TEKOAH.
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Background: The Soviet delegate, Mr. Jacob Malik, walked out of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (9 October 1973) in protest against the Israeli air-raid on Damascus. He left the hall during a speech by Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah, who was expressing his Government's condolences for the loss of life in the attack on the Syrian capital. Mr. Malik interrupted him to say he was "unwilling to hear excuses and condolences from the representatives of the murderers and international gangsters." The Soviet Cultural Centre was hit in the raid and several Soviet diplomats were reported killed.
In regretting the loss of life, Mr. Takoah was expressing especial condolences to the Governments of the Soviet Union and Norway (a Norwegian officer with the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization had been killed), when Mr. Malik made his protest. The walkout was applauded loudly by delegates mostly form the Arab countries. Other Soviet delegates remained in the Chamber after Mr Malik walked out.
Earlier, the Syrian and Egyptian delegates spoke out against the raid.
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Security Council continued its debate on the Middle East. The Israeli air-raid on Damascus was raised by several speakers among them Syrian Ambassador Haissam Kalani.
A United Nations truce observer from Norway had been killed in the attack, as had several civilians. Soviet diplomats were also reported to be among the victims. Mr. Kelani said the raid had shown that Israel lacked all regard for values and international conventions regarding the protection of civilians in time of war.
After the Syrian speech, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed el-Zayyat condemned the raid and Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah expressed condolences for the dead. First, the Egyptian speech:
It was at this point in Mr. Tekoah's speech that the Soviet Ambassador Mr. Jacob Malik interrupted him.
Mr. Malik called the Israelis murderers and international gangsters before walking out. The rest of the Soviet delegation remained in the Chamber. The applause for the protest came mainly from Arab delegates.