UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Sep. 24)
Israel was one of a number of governments whose delegations were preparing today to amend the proposed charter of the new International Atomic Energy Agency in such a way as to give a greater part to small nations, especially such countries as have highly developed scientific and industrial institutions.
The 81-nation conference, which opened last week, started this morning to hear the general comments of the various delegations. Steps were being taken to make the proposed charter more democratic than envisioned in the draft of the charter brought to the sessions by a group of 12 nations including the Big Four powers. As far back as last winter, Israel was one of the spearheads in the move toward granting a larger share of participation to such states as Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Abba Eban, chairman of Israel’s delegation, is known to be ready to introduce some amendments to the charter and is expected to pinpoint his country’s stand when he addresses the conference next Friday. The Israel delegation includes four scientists, two of whom are noted in the fields of nuclear research and physics. These are: Prof. Israel Dostrovsky, director of research of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, and Dr. Giulio Racah, professor of theoretical physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. They are joined by Victor Salkind and Dr. Ephraim Lahav, both of whom are scientific counsellors to the Israel Embassy in Washington.
On the diplomatic side, the Israel delegation is bolstered by a group of experienced United Nations participants, including deputy chairman Mordecai R. Kidron; Dr. Jacob Robinson, counsellor to Israel’s permanent delegation here, and Arthur C. Liveran, another member of the permanent delegation.