When Israel attacked Jordan in 1966, Nigeria and Mali presented a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council condemning the action. New Zealand representative Frank Corner is shown addressing the council. New Zealand was the sole abstention in an otherwise unanimous vote condemning Israel for the attack. The presentation of the resolution by two African members is typical of a shift in UN activity in the 1960s, towards much greater engagement by African nations. The Western bloc, of which New Zealand was part, was disgruntled by this change. Clashes between Israel and its Arab neighbours were frequent in the 1960s, and culminated in the Six-Day War in 1967, decisively won by Israel.
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