UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Dec. 2)
A move for the recall by Saudi Arabia of its permanent representative to the United Nations, Ahmad Shukairy, was under way here today, with Arab diplomats heading the drive. The desire for Shukairy’s removal from the UN scene, long contemplated by more moderate Arabs here, gained heavy impetus here this weekend after the official Saudi Arabian spokesman declared openly a “salute” to the anti-Semitic Tacuara movement in Argentina and proposed that UN “adopt” the Tacuara movement.
Shukairy’s “salute” to the Tacuara movement was voiced Friday before the General Assembly’s Special Political Committee which is currently debating the Arab issue. Lucio Garcia del Solar, Argentine representative in the committee, immediately objected to the Shukairy “salute,” telling the United Nations that his people and Government reject everything that Tacuara advocates.
Embarrassed Arab diplomats, annoyed for many years by Shukairy’s intemperate attacks against Israel and Jews, let it be known that they are asking the Saudi Government to take Shukairy away from the UN. Some of the Arab diplomats apologized personally not only to Argentineans here but also to other Latin Americans, volubly assuring all that they felt Shukairy had gone much too far in his anti-Israeli drive by endorsing an open neo-Nazi movement like Tacuara.
A sharp protest against Shukairy’s endorsement of Tacuara was received here today by Dr. Leopoldo Benites, of Ecuador, chairman of the committee in which Shukairy called for the “adoption” of Tacuara. The protest came from Label A. Katz, president of the International Council of B’nai B’rith, who visited Argentina last summer and probed into the neo-Nazi movement there.
“Never in the history of the United Nations” Mr. Katz wired Ambassador Benites, “has any delegate had the audacity to make the kind of outrageous proposal offered by Mr. Ahmad Shukairy when he recommended that the racist Tacuara be “adopted by the United Nations.”