155 My delegation will support any draft resolution or convention intended to

155 my delegation will support any draft resolution

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155. My delegation will support any draft resolution or convention intended to combat in the most effective way possible this criminal activity. We consider that we cannot leave this session of the Assembly without having formu- lated adequate instruments to contain international terror- ism. We therefore would venture to appeal to the delega- tions that were determined to postpone the discussion of so fundamental an item in the Sixth Committee to set aside their obstructionist attitude and, '-without any political preferences or ideological partisanship, to realize that it is urgent and indispensable to unite firmly and decisively to confront this indiscriminate and odious violence, which violates one of the basic human rights proclaimed by our Organization. 156. The Middle East continues to be the burning issue in which world peace is at stake. There is at issue both peace and security as well as the possibilities for the economic and social development of the people of the area who deserve our fullest sympathy. 157. It is with dismay that we have seen how in the past this Organization has adopted certain resolutions which, instead of promoting peace, have contributed to the creation of obstacles to a direct understanding between the parties to the dispute. The debates have been neither calm nor objective. The voting has been in blocs, in most cases without taking into account the merits of the proposals under study. 158. Costa Rica is intensely concerned to contribute, with other nations, to bring about the day when peace will reign in the Middle East. We have proposed and will continue to :propose and support dispassionate draft resolutions which seek a meeting of the minds between the parties. We shall insist on the need to prepare the way for direct negotiations between the belligerents and on the just demand that all the States of the area recognize the lawful and sovereign existence of the State of Israel within secure borders clearly defined in treaties with its neighbours. 159. This Organization cannot afford to continue to neglect, as though it did not exist, the conflict in Indo-China. I here endorse the prudent words of the Secretary-General when he told us that he was deeply concerned that "the United Nations, which was created as a result of a world war in order to safeguard international peace and security in the future, appears to have no relevance to what is now happening in Viet-Nam" [see A/870I/Add.I, p. 4J. 160. Undoubtedly it is the duty of the United Nations at last to concern itself with the enormous humanitarian problems which arise in that area of conflict. We must be vigilant to prevent the worsening of the situation from affecting the peace and security of all mankind. 161. We consider that the peace offer made by President Nixon is reasonable: if the North Viet-Namese were to release the United States prisoners and accept a genuine cease-fire, the United States would withdraw completely from Viet-Nam and would even end its military assistance to the South Viet-Namese. In
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