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31 December 1986
25 November 1986
at 10 a.m.
VERBATIM RECORD OF THE 56TH MEETING
: Mr. ZACHMANN (German Democratic Republic)
GENERAL DEBATE, CONSIDERATION OF AND ACTION UPON DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AGENDA ITEMS (
The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m
GENERAL DEBATE, CONSIDERATION OF AND ACTION UPON DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AGENDA ITEMS
Egypt welcomes the inclusion for the fourth consecutive year of the item pertaining to security and co-operation in the Mediterranean. We do so out of a conviction that security is indivisible. If it is believed that security in Europe impacts on international security, it also holds true that the former cannot be assured without security in the Mediterranean. Furthermore, how can there be security in the Mediterranean if hotbeds of tension and sources of conflict about along its shores and in its midst? Let there be solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Cyprus problem and the Lebanese situation, to mention only a few. We shall then have contributed positively to the cause of international peace and security.
(Syrian Arab Republic) ...
... The United Nations has helped make clear the true nature of racist régimes throughout the world, such as those in South Africa and Israel. In that connection, we cannot minimize the significant of General Assembly resolution
), which linked zionism with racism.
Since the establishment of the Zionist entity in occupied Palestine some 40 years ago, the Middle East region has witnessed an arms race as a result of the activities of the racist régime in occupied Palestine. That régime has carried out acts of aggression against neighbouring Arab countries and to this day occupied portions of their territory. It continues to pursue a policy of illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. There is a trend to Judaize the region. Through the Security Council and the General Assembly, the international community has urged that State to withdraw all its forces from occupied territories.
Despite those decisions, Israel continues its occupation and inhuman, racist policies in Palestinian territory: Israel has plundered land and property; it has set up colonies for Jews from abroad; it has closed schools and hospitals and waged a shameful policy of terrorism against the Palestinian people. Even more dangerous is the daily expulsion of Palestinian inhabitants, a practice condemned by all religions of the world. In the Golan Heights Syrian citizens are expressing their rejection of that occupation and of the shameful practices there, in particular the establishment of colonies and the imposition of Israeli nationality on the inhabitants of the Syrian-Golan region. The report of the Committee on Israeli practices attests to that Nazi occupation.
In defiance of Security Council decisions, notably resolution
, Israeli continues its occupation of southern Lebanon and is engaged in practices that cause the destruction of crops and interfere with the proper functioning of United Nations forces. As a result of Israeli occupation, many people have died at the hands of the South Lebanon Army (SLA) - mercenaries at the services of Israel.
Aided and abetted by the United States Administration and through the use of American economic assistance that includes weapons, aircraft, tanks and artillery, Israel is pursuing its illegal practices designed to consolidate the policy of occupation, aggression and expansion. Israel has already introduced nuclear weapons into the Middle East and has threatened their use against countries of the region - practices that have been repeatedly condemned by the First Committee and the General Assembly. Nevertheless, as has been documented in several reports, Israel continues its active nuclear collaboration with the United States and South Africa - a development that could destabilize peace and security and lead to disastrous results.
Terrorism in all its forms, be it a matter of individual acts or of collective State policy, is condemnable. Itself a victim of terrorism, the Syrian Arab Republic vehemently rejects it. The struggle against occupation, aggression and annexation, however, is lawful and legitimate; the struggle to expel Israeli forces from our occupied territories is internationally acceptable. Never shall we compromise when it comes to the violation of our legitimate rights.
As President Hafiz al-Assad stated,
"We support liberation and the world-wide movement of national resistance to occupation and imperialism; we are opposed to terrorism in all parts of the world. The line separating terrorism and the struggle for liberation is perfectly clear."
The most dangerous form of terrorism is State terrorism. How else can one describe the act of aggression against tiny Grenada; or the attack upon Libya by dozens of warplanes and the bombing of the residence of the Head of State in an attempt to kill him? What about the use of thousands of tons of American-made munitions and aircraft in the three-month-long bombardment of Beirut; or the seizure of civil aircraft in international airspace and their forced landing at Israeli airports? That is the kind of terrorism the American mass media ought to speak of. Such are the actions carried out by the United States and Israel.
... In the Middle East, the Arab communities of the region have been subjected to repeated acts of aggression, and the occupation of their territories by the Zionist régime of Israel continues unabated. The people of Palestine have remained the target of designs aimed at their physical annihilation. A just, lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Middle East and Palestinian questions, which pose a grave threat to international security, is still out of sight. ...
Crises around the world perpetuate instability, tension and the danger of larger conflagrations. Almost all of these crises are located in non-aligned regions. In the Middle East, the expansionist policy of Israel prevents any progress whatsoever, and that region remains one of the most serious hotbeds of crisis.
The United Nations has provided the basis and pointed to the ways of solving these crises, as well as the crises in Lebanon, Cyprus, Korea, Afghanistan, Kampuchea, Central America and the conflict between Iran and Iraq, and although the principles and plans for a peaceful settlement of those crises are generally accepted, the efforts to implement them continue to be obstructed.
The meeting rose at 12.20 p.m