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Frondizi Reported Unwilling to Accept Israel Apology As ‘adequate’

Argentine President Arturo Frondizi was reported today to have said at Brussels,Belgium,that he does not consider an Israeli apology sufficient “reparation” for the “illicit and clandestine” transfer of Nazi killer Adolf Eichmann from Argentine territory to Israeli soil.

When the Security Council last Thursday adopted the resolution proposed by Argentine, calling for “adequate reparation” from Israel, Dr. Mario Amadeo, chairman of the Argentine delegation, refused to specify what “reparation” his government would consider “adequate. ” He had been asked the question, first by Israel Foreign Minister Golda Meir then, forcefully, by Arkady A. Sobolev,head of the Soviet Union’s delegation.

On behalf of the United States Government, Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge had told the Council that Washington would consider Israel’s apology, already voiced in the Council by Mrs. Meir, as “adequate. ” Adoption of the resolution itself, “taken together” with Mrs, Meir’s apology for Israel’s violation of Argentine sovereignty in the abduction of Eichmann, should close the case, said Mr. Lodge.

Today’s Brussels statement by Mr, Frondizi left doubts as to what further steps, if any, were contemplated by the Argentine Government.There was certainty that the previously scheduled meeting in Europe, between Mr. Frondizi and Israel’s Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion,would not be held.

(Mr. Ben-Gurion and his official party left Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, this evening, for Lydda, Israel, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency dispatch from The Hague. Mr. Ben-Gurion had spent an extra day at the Dutch capital, “for private reasons.” There were reports, however, that his stay in The Netherlands had been prolonged in the expectation that Mr.Frondizi might invite him to a meeting at Brussels.)

Dr. Amadeo had told the Council, at one point in the debate on his anti-Israel resolution, that his Government demanded not only the return of Eichmann, but also the punishment of those who captured the Nazi without permission from the Argentine Government. However, the Buenos Aires representative did not repeat this interpretation when challenged for a definition of “adequate reparation.”

This weekend, there was a luncheon in honor of Mrs. Meir here, tendered by Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative Arich Eshel. Seventeen of the 20 Latin American delegations here were represented at the event. Dr. Amadeo was not present.

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