UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Jun. 14)
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, held a two-hour conference today with Dr. Mario Amadeo, permanent representative here from Argentina, in connection with Argentina’s ultimatum to Israel to return Nazi killer Adolf Eichmann or face an Argentine complaint to the Security Council. The conference was held in the home of the head of the Uruguayan delegation, Prof. Enrique Rodriguez Fatregat.
Mrs. Meir declined to make any comment on the conference other than remarking that “we had a very pleasant talk.” Asked whether any decision has been reached on the Eichmann case or on the Argentine threat to take the grievance against Israel to the Security Council, Mrs. Meir replied that “no decision was expected.” She also said she did not know whether she would hold another meeting with Dr. Amadeo.
On the other hand, Dr. Fabregat emphasized his confidence in the feeling that, despite the inability of Mrs. Meir and Dr. Amadeo to agree today on Argentina’s request for the return of Eichmann to Buenos Aires, there was still a possibility of bringing the two sides into some agreement. It is understood that Dr. Fabregat suggested that Israel surrender Eichmann to the Argentine Embassy in Israel–after which the Argentine Embassy would legally “extradite” Eichmann, placing him under Israeli jurisdiction. So far neither Israel nor Argentina has accepted this proposal.
It seemed certain, after the meeting today, that Argentina would go through with its announced plan to bring its grievance against Israel to the Security Council. The formal complaint, calling for a Security Council meeting on the issue, may be filed this week.
The permanent representatives of 19 countries that are members of the United Nations, and high-ranking officials of the U. N., including Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, were entertained at a luncheon here today, in honor of Golda Meir. Ambassador Michael S. Comay, Israel’s delegation chairman here, was host at the luncheon, held in a private dining room at United Nations headquarters.