The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (Tuesday) adjourned its first full-scale debate on the Middle East in over three years with the presenting of a compromise draft resolution aimed at an extension of the Middle-East ceasefire.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (Tuesday) adjourned its first full-scale debate on the Middle East in over three years with the presenting of a compromise draft resolution aimed at an extension of the Middle-East ceasefire. The draft resolution was presented by Argentina Ambassador Carlos Ortiz de Rosas on behalf of 20 South American and Caribbean countries.
The South American draft resolution would have the Assembly recommend that the standstill ceasefire "should be scrupulously observed and should be extended for at least three months, with the addition of suitable measures for appropriate supervision of its observance including if possible, the use of United Nations observers now stationed in the area".
Dr. Ortiz said that neither the 19-nation Afro-Asian draft submitted last week -- which Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban denounced again yesterday as an insuperable obstacle to resumed talks -- nor the American draft resolution put in two days later, contained that impartiality which was the basic prerequisite for general approval.
All three draft resolution before the Assembly contain the proposal that the ceasefire should be extended for a further three months when it expires at 22.00 GMT on Thursday (5 November).
Members conferred privately on the various texts before resumption of the debate today (Wednesday) and it is hoped that they will be able to vote in the course of the day, or at least before the cease-fire runs out.