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Words in the News
Wednesday 13 March 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  United Nations Security Council chamber
United Nations calls for Palestinian state
Summary: The UN Security Council has passed a resolution, put forward by the USA, urging a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. It also calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. This report from Greg Barrow:
The News Listen  
  This was an unexpected development at the UN Security Council. In a late-night session, the United States, which has blocked most of the recent efforts to adopt resolutions on the Middle East, put forward its own proposal and rallied Council support.

The American draft was weaker than what many Arab nations would have liked but it had the benefit of being acceptable to the vast majority of Security Council members. Significantly, it referred directly to the vision of two states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side within secure and recognised borders.

The resolution also supports the peace proposal put forward by Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and welcomes the diplomatic efforts of the US envoy, Anthony Zinni, as well as his UN, EU and Russian counterparts.

It urges the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, terror, provocation, incitement and destruction and calls upon the Israeli and Palestinian sides to return to negotiations.

Greg Barrow, BBC News, at The United Nations

The Words Listen
a session is a single meeting of an official organisation

if you block something, you prevent it from being done

a formal decision taken by a vote at a meeting

encouraged and gathered

  acceptable to the vast majority
most members approve of it

  secure and recognised
safe - certain to remain unchanged, and accepted as existing

if you make an effort to do something, you try hard to do it

a counterpart of someone is another person with a similar job in a different country or organisation

stopping or ending

  calls upon
appeals to

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