Israel Supports Pakistan Proposal on Disarmament at U.N. Assembly

Israel supports the Pakistan proposal that a subcommittee of the four Great Powers should discuss disarmament. Moshe Sharett, Israel Foreign Minister, said today when he spoke in the debate in the Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

At the same time, the Israeli spokesman expressed doubt as to the wisdom of the Indian proposal for temporarily shelving the disarmament question to concentrate on creation of a United Nations Reconstruction Development Fund. He said this was an eminently constructive idea but he did not think there was any hope for it now.

Mr. Sharett referred to Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s suggestions on criteria for disarmament such as population and wealth. He pointed out that Israel was in a peculiar position in the sense that it was a country surrounded by hostile neighbors. This, he said, should be taken into consideration in working out criteria for the disarmament of his country. He added that while this was a minor point, he felt it his duty to bring it to the attention of the Assembly.

The Israeli Foreign Minister noted that one of the root causes of tension seemed about to be removed – the conclusion of an armistice in Korea and consequent cessation of hostilities which, he said, “we all hope will never be resumed.”

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