The Security Council
HON. DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN
I want this morning to speak of one aspect of the current Security Council review of the Middle East situation that has aroused much interest. This has to do with the "constitutional" context of the Security Council's invitation to the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in the Council's deliberations.
On January 12, 1976, the Council decided to invite the P.L.O. to participate, and characterized the invitation as conferring on the P.L.O."the same rights of participation as are conferred when a Member State is invited to participate under Rule 37" of the Council's provisional rules of procedure. Eleven members of the Security Council voted for this proposal, which was put forward by Libya. Three of the Council's four Western European members--the United Kingdom, France and Italy abstained from the vote. The____________________