UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Nov. 23)
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, who returned to the United Nations this week to participate in the Arab refugee debate scheduled for next week, met today with Acting Secretary General U Thant, and with a number of topmost representatives of the West European and Latin American blocs.
At the same time, Michael S. Comay, Israel’s permanent representative here, has replied to vicious Arab delegation attacks in the General Assembly, and has also conferred with numerous delegations, in pursuit of Israel’s policies. Mr. Comay took the floor during the Assembly’s debate on the issues of colonialism and on a new UN program for African independence, counter-attacking against several Arab representatives who irrelevantly dragged “The Palestine Question” into that debate.
Mrs. Meir, in addition to seeing Mr. Thant, also conferred with Paul Henri Spaak, Belgium’s Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister; Mrs. Agda Rossel, Sweden’s permanent representative here; Dr. Victor Andres Belaunde, of Peru, former president of the General Assembly; and the heads of the Brazilian and Colombian delegations.
The stepped-up activities by both the Arab delegations and the Israelis is motivated by the fact that the Arab refugee debate is slated to open next week in the Assembly’s Special Political Committee. Tomorrow, it is expected, the Palestine Conciliation Commission will file its long-awaited report, authorized by the Assembly last spring dealing with the refugee question.