The General Assembly's Legal Committee postponed the debate on international terrorism on Monday(December 11) only after British and United States' objections.
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SCU INT. UK delegate speaks John Freeland
IN: "That draft....."
OUT: "... civil air transport".
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SV Result of vote flashed on scoreboard, and Chairman announces vote (FRENCH)
United Nations; British delegate Freeland speaking against effective postponement move on terrorism at Legal Committee meeting; voting taking place; scoreboard; results announced.
FREELAND: "That draft resolution is inadequate in its condemnation of terrorism. It fails to emphasise the existing duties of states in international law. It lacks both drive and precision in its call to member states to pursue and give real effect to the work which has been carried out on the international level, and which is still to be carried out in regard to aerial hijacking and interference with civil air transport."
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This film shows British delegate John Freeland speaking against the non-aligned nations move, and the voting taking place.
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Background: The General Assembly's Legal Committee postponed the debate on international terrorism on Monday(December 11) only after British and United States' objections. The vote to in effect postpone the issue 76-64 with 16 abstentions, was backed by a group of non-aligned nations -- who were given priority in their resolution over a British-led draft pressing for immediate action to introduce the debate to the General Assembly itself.
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations on Monday, the General Assembly's Legal Committee discussed a non-aligned nations' resolution to in effect postpone a debate on terrorism -- a resolution given priority over a British-led call for immediate debate on terrorism in the General Assembly. British delegate Mr. John Freeland, speaking against postponement....
The United States delegate also spoke out against the postponement resolution, but it was carried.
The voting -- seventy-six to thirty-four with sixteen abstentions -- was for U.N. member states to be asked for their observations on terrorism. What it did, in effect, was to ensure keeping the issue out of the General Assembly for at least a year.