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Security Council Talks on Unrest Continue

February 1, 1988
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The Security Council met here late Friday afternoon to continue its debate on Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar’s report on the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Diplomats said that the Arabs are insisting on a tough anti-Israel resolution, while the United States has made it clear it will veto any such action. Negotiations are under way to arrive at a compromise that would avoid a U.S. veto, the diplomats said.

The council began debate last Wednesday on Perez de Cuellar’s report, which was based on the recent fact-finding mission of Undersecretary General Marrack Goulding to the territories and Israel. Goulding undertook his mission in compliance with a resolution adopted by the Security Council on Dec. 22.

Addressing the council Thursday night, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, charged that the report paid little attention to the violent nature of the disturbances and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Instead, the envoy said, the report gave ample space “to anonymous, wide-ranging allegations” against Israel for which there was no evidence.

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