Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad of the United Arab Republic, currently on an official visit to France, today (Thursday) held a one-hour talk with France's President Georges Pompidou at the Elysee Palace.
GV EXT. Elysee Palace
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MV Riad & others leaving Palace
SCU Riad speaking to press (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: REPORTER: "Mr Minister, what's going to happen if Israel's eventual replay to Mr Jarring's note is negative?
RIAD: Then this means simply that a member in the United Nations for the first time in the history of the United Nations they say on a document that they are attacking another country, annexing another territory of another country member in the United Nations. This never happened in the history, of course, of the United Nations. And if this will continue, and if the Security Council accept that, we should consider that is the end of the United Nations, and the end of the Security Council, and it should be turned into a kind of cafe or bar.
REPORTER: So logically, Sir, you are fairly optimistic about the contents of the eventual response?
RIAD: Er, it is not the Israeli decision, it is our decision - our decision that they must withdraw and they are going to withdraw. Either they like it not, we know that they are very arrogant, they are drunk with victory three years and a half ago, but they should not continue this kind of poker game, they may - will lose everything".
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Background: Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad of the United Arab Republic, currently on an official visit to France, today (Thursday) held a one-hour talk with France's President Georges Pompidou at the Elysee Palace. After the meeting he spoke to reporters - saying that the United Nations might as well be turned into a "cafe or bar" if the Israelis did not accept Dr. Gunnar Jarring's peace proposals for the Middle East.
Here is the text of the conversation in which the remark was made: