The United Nations Habitat conference in Canada was divided on Friday when a number of developing nations passed a motion against the opposition of Western countries.
SV result of vote being announced by Secretary (3 shots)
CU Israeli delegate speaks (4 shots)
CU Iraq delegate speaks in Arabic
SECRETARY SPEAKING: "Mr. President, the result of the voting is as follows: 77 for, eight against and 20 abstentions. (Applause)
ISRAELI DELEGATE SPEAKING: "I repeat the basic attitude of the Israeli delegation at this conference from the very first day. We are against the politisation of the Habitat confer??? this kind on amendment is not a great message to the world that is expecting a greater message from this conference. I appeal to the distinguished delegated not to subjugate to these mechanical propaganda suggestions the desired meaningfulness of this conference".
Despite the political arguments, certain measure were adopted by the meeting. They called on governments to provide water and housing for the world's poor and to curb land profiteering and urban sprawl in developed countries. Priority was also given to the squatter settlements that have sprung up in many cities in Asia and Latin America by calls for the provision of essential services and removal of legal barriers to land tenure.
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Background: The United Nations Habitat conference in Canada was divided on Friday when a number of developing nations passed a motion against the opposition of Western countries. A Cuban proposal condemning Israel for the occupation of lands was passed with a large majority.
SYNOPSIS: But Israel's delegate to the conference, Dr. Joseph Burg, condemned the motion.
Iraq's Minister of Public Works and Housing, Dr. Rashid al-Rifai, said that his country supported the motion. Iraq tabled an amendment for Habitat's 'Declaration of Principles' which had been interpreted by Western countries as linking Zionism with racism. The Arab-Israeli dispute was regarded as outside the scope of the conference by the American and British representatives and efforts were made to have the proposal struck from the agenda. But Arab and other developing nations see the Israeli occupation of territory as basic to the question of human settlements, which is what the Habitat conference was all about. The divisions tore the conference in two and the 134 nations failed to agree on a final declaration when the meeting closed on Saturday (12 June).