UNITED NATIONS (Aug. 18)
Three draft resolutions were circulated today in the General Assembly as it continued its emergency special session on the Palestine question.
Diplomats here noted that the language of the proposed resolutions was relatively moderate and did not use harsh anti-Israeli terms. They said this could be seen as an attempt to gain unanimous support for the resolutions, including the support of the United States, which, in turn would completely isolate Israel.
The main resolution was sponsored by Qatar. It calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state and condemns Israel for not complying with previous General Assembly resolutions concerning the occupied territories and with Security Council resolutions calling for Israel to end the war in Lebanon.
The resolution urges the Security Council to consider practical ways and means to punish Israel in case” Israel fails to abide by Security Council resolutions.
The second resolution was sponsored by Afghanistan and 10 other Third World countries. It calls for the convening of an international conference on the Palestinian question in Paris next August.
The third resolution, sponsored by Kuwait proposes to establish June 4th as an International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. It also requests the UN to place a commemorative plaque at the UN dedicated to Palestinian and Lebanese children.
According to diplomats here, the vote on the proposed resolutions could come as early as tomorrow.