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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
 
  session
a session is a single meeting of an official organisation

 
   
  blocked
if you block something, you prevent it from being done

 
   
  resolution
a formal decision taken by a vote at a meeting

 
   
  rallied
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

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

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

 
   
  cessation
stopping or ending

 
   
  calls upon
appeals to

 
   
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