Israel Asks Security Council for Right to Be Heard on Jerusalem Demilitarization

Aubrey S. Eban, head of the Israel delegation to the United Nations, late yesterday entered a formal request to the president of the U.N. Security Council that Israel be permitted to participate without vote in any discussion held by the Council on demilitarization of Jerusalem. Eban’s request was in accordance with rules of the U.N. Charter in the Security Council permitting a non-member of the Council to appear before it whenever a subject is discussed of specific interest to that member.

Yugoslavia’s policy on Israel will remain unchanged despite the Jewish state’s support of Czechoslovakia as Yugoslavia’s rival for the Security Council, Yugoslavia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Joza Vilfan asserted today. Yugoslavia will oppose internationalization of Jerusalem for the same reason that it opposes internationalization of Trieste, Dr. Vilfan said, the reason being the U.N.’s lack of machinery to assume governmental authority in a foreign area. His country harbors no animosity toward Israel for its support of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Vilfan assured correspondents.

The Assembly approved a resolution calling upon all member states to grant free access for newsmen to countries where the U.N. and its agencies hold regional meetings. The representative of Lebanon, whose country barred Jewish correspondents from recent U.N. meetings in Beirut, announced to the Assembly that his delegation would vote for the resolution, but indicated Lebanon may not be bound by the recommendation until a “concrete standard agreement” had been adopted.

NEXT STORY