United Nations (Jun. 18)
The Security Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on a draft resolution which strongly condemns Israel for its June 7 attack on Iraq’s nuclear reactor.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained today the text of the draft resolution which represents a compromise reached between the United States and Iraq to avoid a U.S. veto. The main points of the operative part of the resolution are:
“The Security Council I. Strongly condemns the military attack by Israel in clear violation of the United Nations Charter and the norms of international conduct; 2. Calls upon Israel to refrain in the future from any such action or threat thereof; 3. Calls upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards; 4. Considers that Iraq is entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction it has suffered, responsibility for which has been acknowledged by Israel.”
Diplomats and UN officials said the vote was certain to be unanimous.
The compromise was reached following a series of meetings between Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Foreign Minister Saadun Hamadi of Iraq who is representing his country at the Security Council session. According to a UN spokesman, the two diplomats met twice in the last two days at Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s office here and in his presence. He said that their meeting today had “concluded the consultations,” that it lasted about 90 minutes and was “good.”