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Israel Complains to U.N. Security Council Against Arab Declaration

Israel today complained to the Security Council of the United Nations that the joint declaration of Egypt, Iraq and Syria, issued at Cairo on April 17, establishing a new federation of the three countries, is aimed at the destruction of Israel.

In a letter to the President of the Council from Michael S. Comay, Israel’s permanent representative here, the United Nations was formally informed of Israel’s views, and the head of the Council was requested to circulate the document to all member delegations here. The letter did not ask for a meeting of the Council.

Mr. Comay pointed to two paragraphs in the Cairo declaration which stated: “a) Unity is a revolution especially because it is strongly connected with the question of Palestine and the national duty to liberate it; b) The establishment of a military unity capable of liberating the Arab homeland from the dangers of Zionism.” That expression, stated Mr. Comay, “signifies nothing else than the aim to destroy Israel. “

“It is unprecedented for a constitutional document of member states of the United Nations to proclaim the destruction of another member state which is one of the avowed aims of the new federation, ” the Israel complaint stressed. “Such a declaration is incompatible with the obligation of all members of the United Nations to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. The Government of Israel, therefore, deems it necessary to place on record its view that these aims of the Cairo Joint declaration are a flagrant violation of the Charter and a direct threat to international peace and security.”

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