Special to the JTA UN Security Council Members Ponder Draft Resolution on Lebanon

Members of the Security Council continued their closed door deliberations today on a draft resolution to be presented to the Security Council on the situation in Lebanon. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained the text of the resolution which was initiated by the Western European countries.

While it is subject to final changes of wording, sources here said that they believe it is the version that will be presented for a vote as soon as the Security Council convenes. The text reads:

“The Security Council, recalling the appeal made by the President of the Security Council on 17 July, 1981; gravely concerned at recent events in the Middle East and at the tragic level of civilian casualties and the massive destruction, especially in Lebanon; concerned also at the serious implications for peace and security of continued hostilities in Lebanon.

“1. Calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, 2. reaffirms its support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized boundaries, 3. requests the Secretary General to report back to the Council within 72 hours on the implementation of this resolution.”

Sources here explained that Lebanon’s original intention to seek sanctions against Israel unless Israel agreed to stop military actions is omitted from the present draft because the Secretary General is requested to report to the Council within 72 hours on the implementation of the cease-fire. In case Israel refuses to adhere to the cease-fire call of the Security Council, the request for sanctions will be made, the sources said.

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