UNITED NATIONS (Apr. 16)
The United States assured Israel that it will cast a veto in case the Security Council is presented with a resolution condemning Israel for its incursion into south Lebanon following a terrorist attack on Kibbutz Misgav Am, diplomatic sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today. The U.S. pledge was made yesterday during a meeting between Israel’s UN Ambassador Yehuda Blum and U.S. Ambassador Donald McHenry, the sources said.
The Security Council, which began discussing the situation in south Lebanon last Sunday, met again this morning but adjourned early in the afternoon for private consultations. Members of the Council are reportedly trying to reach a compromise resolution in order to avoid a U.S. veto and make it acceptable to the West European members of the Council. A UN spokesman said he expects that the Council will vote either tomorrow or Friday.
Meanwhile, Secretary General Kurt Waldheim issued a new report today on the situation in south Lebanon, warning that although firing in the area had been greatly reduced, the situation remains tense and that threats and acts of harassment by the Christian forces against the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and UN truce observers in the observation posts continue.