Golda Meir Heads Israel’s Delegation to United Nations General Assembly

Israel’s Foreign Minister Golda Meir will leave for New York on September 19 as head of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations General Assembly which opens next week, it was announced here today. The delegation will be composed of at least 23 members, including six members of the Israel Parliament.

Informed sources said here today that Israel will reiterate at the UN Assembly its suggestion that the first stage of world disarmament, under foolproof control, should be implemented in Israel and the neighboring countries. The Israeli delegates will express this idea during the general debate at the Assembly and in the debate on disarmament.

Israeli speakers will also reiterate Israel’s willingness to negotiate with the Arabs but it was believed unlikely that Israel would renew its proposal to negotiate on specific problems in Israel-Arab relations, such as the Arab refugee question, separately before general Israel-Arab peace talks. The present Israel position was reported to be that if the Arabs are ready to sit down to a peace parley. Israel is willing to negotiate all outstanding problems.

The Israeli delegation to the Assembly this year will be the largest ever sent. In addition to Mr. Meir. it will include Arieh Levavi, assistant director-general of the Foreign Ministry; Simcha Pratt, director of the Foreign Ministry’s International Organization Division; Shabtal Rosenne, the Foreign Ministry’s legal adviser; and Ambassador Eliahu Sasson, envoy to Italy.

The delegation will also include Michael 5. Comay, permanent representative at the United Nations; Ambassador Arieh Eshel, deputy permanent representative; Bin-yamin Eliav, Minister Plenipotentiary and Consul General in New York; Arieh Elian and Miss Hava Hareli, members of the permanent mission to the UN, and Nathan Bar-Yaacov, labor attache at the Washington Embassy.

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