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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, November 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Assembly endorses independent Palestinian nationhood UN OFFICIALS WATCH TALLY DURING VOTE ON CONTROVERSIAL PALESTINIAN QUESTION Canada didn't support resolution B> GEORGE KITCHEN UNITED NATIONS (CP) Canadian Ambassador Saul Rde told the Lnited Nations Fndav night that Canada could not bupport a resolution which ignored the existence of the state of Israel and its role as an essential part) m the search of a Middle East peace Rae gave that explanation for Canada s abstention in a General Assembl} vote on a resolution sponsored largely bv Third World countries affirmed the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and properU and ternton which now makes up the state of Israel The resolution adopted bv a vote of 89 to 8 with 37 absten- tions made no reference to Is- rael Canada cast a negative vote on a second resolution to grant observer status to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) The resolution was adopted by a vote of 95 to 17 with 19 ab- stentions Rae said the effect of the ob- server resolution would be to grant the Palestine Libera- tion Organization a status in the UN which has hitherto been accorded only to sovereign states or associations of sovereign states "To grant the status of ob- server to the Palestine Liber- ation Organization would be contrary to long-established practice in the UN and indeed inconsistent with the charter of the UN Rae said Canada is fully in accord with the view that any enduring peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli dispute must take account of the legitimate concerns of the Palestinians He said "In this spirit Canada sup ports the right of Palestinian people to be heard and partici- pate in negotiations involving their destiny "Canada will not oppose any legitimate step intended to en- sure that a full voice is allow- ed to the Palestinian people However Canada continues to believe that the question of how the Palestinians are to be represented in any negotiations remains to be decided by the parties themselves 'It follows that Canada can- not associate itself with the granting of recognition by the United Nations to any organ- ization or group a status tan tamount to that granted to sovereign states UNITED NATIONS The UN General Assembly voted over Israeli and United States opposition Friday to en- dorse the Palestinian claim to statehood The assembly voted 89 to Two get life for killing stowaway BREMEN, West Germany (Reuter) A West German ship's officer and a boatswain were sentenced Friday to life in prison for murdering an African stowaway by throw- ing him overboard into the shark-infested Red Sea A third crew member of the ton freighter Margitta was sentenced to four years' imprisonment after the charge against him was reduced to complicity He had said he was under the influence of alcohol and not fully responsible The three Klaus-Henning Hartung 42 boatswain Volkhard Eggert, 33. and ship s carpenter Karl Heinz Adler, m court that they threw the un- identified stowaway, believed to be a 30-year old Somali, into the Red Sea during a voyage from the Sudan to the North Yemen port of Hodeida last March 13 Before hurling him over- board they beat him with an iron bar the court was told PAPER SUBSTITUTE Because of a shortage of sil- ver coins in 1870, the Canadian government issued 25 cent notes, popularly called shin- plasters eight with 37 abstentions, in- cluding Canada, to adopt a broadly sponsored Third World resolution affirming the Palestinian people s 'right to national independence and sover eigntv Those against were Israel, the United States. Bolivia Chile Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Iceland and Norway Bv a second vote of 95 to 17 with 19 abstentions, the assembly adopted another Third World resolution granting the Palestine Libera- tion Organuatioion (PLO) observer status in all future assembly sessions and UN conferences Canada voted against the resolution The outcome was a victory for the PLO the Arab guerrilla umbrella organization The majority applauded vigorously as the outcome of each vote was an- nounced by the assembly president, Algerian Foreign Miniter Abdelaziz Boutefhka 1VHNY WALK OUT Then many delegates walk- ed out as Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah took the rostrum and said "These are sad days for the United Nations These are days of degradation and of surrender and humiliation for the international com- munity He said the assembly was "helping lift up the sword against the very nation' that gave the world the message "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation The first resolution had 38 sponsors and the second 26 Among the many abstentions were members of the Euro pean Common Market, which decided to refrain from Doting on the Palestinian rights resolution because it did not mention Israel s right to exist It does mention the Palestinians right to return to their homes in what is now Isiael The eight-day Palestinian debate opened Nov 13 with guerrilla leader Yasser Aralat. head of the PLO, threatening continued violence unless a secular state is formed in Palestine com- bining Christians, Moslems and Jews In reply Israeli Am- bassador Yosef Tekoah declared Israel would neither negotiate with the PLO nor permit the establishment of PLO authority over any part of Palestine In contrast to Tekoah s warning that Israel would not negotiate with the Palestinians unless they came as delegates from Jordan, the resolution called the Palesti- nian people "a principal party to the establishment of a just and durable peace in the Mid- dle East U S Ambassador John Scali suggested Arab pressure to make the Palestinians a to peace negotiations in Geneva or in the Middle East itself will complicate State Secretary Henrv Kissinger s step-by-step approach to peace through talks with one country after another He told the Assembly on Thursday that progress ICK Kissinger s peace efforts hangs in the balance He pointed out that when the Geneva conference was set up last December, the par ticipatmg countries agreed that the role of other par ticipants would be discussed at the conference Scali also condemned terrorism and took issue with Arafat s comparison of the PLO s activities with the American revolution NO POLARIZED LENSES completely eliminate annoying glare om water highways and beaches And now jou can have n vour own prescription' Drive more safely See more clearly Framed m our new platters squares ovals or octagons Order them today1 OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO, _ 308-7th. 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