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At the outset of the meeting, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim gave details of the trip he had just made to Damascus in connexion with the UNDOF extension, recalled his efforts to reactivate the Middle East negotiating process and said he would continue them. He warned that the Middle East situation as a whole remained tense and unstable and would become increasingly dangerous in the absence of progress toward peace.
The vote on the resolution extending the Observer Force was 13 in favour to none against, with China end Libya not participating. China reiterated its standing opposition to the dispatch of United Nations forces. Libya said its position on the United Nations force was clear and that the earlier resolutions referred to were irrelevant.
The resolution was introduced by Rashleigh E. Jackson (Guyana), on behalf of his own delegation along with those of Benin, Pakistan, Panama, Romania and the United Republic of Tanzania. He said that the United Nations force had not been intended to freeze a situation which had resulted from Israeli aggression and hoped that the extension of its mandate would be used to further peace.
At a meeting with newsmen on Wednesday, 2 June, the Chairman of the Committee, Medoune Fall (Senegal), was asked whether the Committee's recommendations meant that the State of Israel would continue to exist.
Mr. Fall replied that Israel's existence was an undeniable reality and that no one could seriously speak of its destruction, but that Israel "is denying another reality which exists -- the Palestinians".
In its Programme of Action, the seminar recommended that the arms embargo first voted by the Security Council against South Africa in 1963 be expanded, made mandatory, end effectively supervised. It called for a vigorous campaign against pro-South African lobbies in all Western countries, end for assistance to the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) in its struggle for the independence of Namibia.