The new Iranian government of the Ayatollah Khomeiny made its active debut in the United Nations Security Council on Monday (12 March).
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SV Iranian Charge d'Affaires to UN, Jamal Shemirani, speaking in English
SHEMIRANI: "My government believes that, at the heart of any question dealing with the Middle East, including the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem, and the rest of the occupied Arab territories, it remains the imperative of the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and an independent state. The fact that nearly all issues pertaining to the Middle East conflict are intimately interconnected with, and evolve around, the indisputable necessity of Palestinian rights, is almost universally accepted. It is also commonly accepted that failure to deal with these realities has brought about situation which constitutes a grave threat to international peace and security."
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Background: The new Iranian government of the Ayatollah Khomeiny made its active debut in the United Nations Security Council on Monday (12 March). Iran's new Charge d'Affaires to the UN, Mr Jamal Shemirani, said the existing situation in the Arab territories occupied by Israel was intolerable, and a violation of international law. Observers said Mr Shemirani's remarks clearly indicated the Iranian government's anti-Israeli stance
SYNOPSIS: The Security Council was debating Israeli policies in the occupied territories. The debate was set off last week by a formal complaint from Jordan.