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Austria Voted for Council Draft Because There Was No Alternative

Israel’s Ambassador in Austria, Yitzhak Patish, conveyed yesterday his government’s “disappointment” and asked Austria for an explanation of it’s pro-Arab attitude in the UN Security Council debate on the Middle East.

Austria was among the 13 Council members who backed the draft resolution vetoed by the United States. The resolution deplored the continuing occupation of Arab territories by Israeli armed forces and for the first time mentioned “legal aspirations” of the Palestinian people.

Austrian Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Walter Wodak, told newsmen after the meeting with Patish, that in his country’s point of view there was “no alternative” to the draft resolution. “Austria considers this resolution as the only possibility to end the current deadlock in the Middle East situation.” Wodak said.