UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Aug. 20)
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles yesterday assured the representatives of 20 Latin American members of the United Nations, who have expressed concern about Israel, that the Western-backed seven-power draft resolution now before the emergency session of the UN General Assembly was intended to secure Israel’s position.
That became known here today from Latin American sources after diplomats from 15 Latin American countries had a luncheon conference with Abba S. Eban, head of Israel’s delegation. The luncheon today took place in the delegates’ dining room and was reported by all sides to have been extremely cordial.
Mr. Dulles held his conference with the Latin American delegations yesterday to discuss the Western-backed resolution and to ask the delegations from Latin America to vote for it. A number of Latin Americans asked Mr. Dulles whether the resolution might not affect Israel’s position negatively. Mr. Dulles then assured the group that, on the contrary, one of the most important operative clauses of the resolution was drafted specifically with the protection of Israel’s security in mind.
That clause reads: “The Assembly reaffirms that all member states should refrain from any threats, direct or indirect, aimed at impairing the freedom, independence or integrity at any state, or at fomenting civil strife and subverting the will of the people of any state.”
Today’s luncheon was given by Mr. Eban in honor of Dr. Moshe Tov, head of the Latin American division of the Israel Foreign Ministry. Mr. Eban, speaking at the luncheon, analyzed the problems of the Middle East, stressing not only the emergent nationalism in the region but also the implications of Nasserism. Dr. Tov also addressed the luncheon briefly.