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Israel Backs Enlargement of U.N. Councils for Wider Membership

Michael S. Comay, chief of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations, said today that Israel had consistently favored enlargement of the organs of the UN for wider membership. He spoke at a meeting of the UN Charter Revisions Committee which voted today to set up a nine-member subcommittee to try to reach an agreement on a recommendation to the next General Assembly.

Ambassador Comay said Israel favored expansion to take account of the many new UN members, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa. “This view,” he said, was reaffirmed by the Israel Foreign Minister in the general debate at the last General Assembly. In her statement on October 9, 1962, Mrs. Meir stated: ‘Our organization has today more than twice the number of members than when it was founded 17 years ago. It is unjustified that the number of members in the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, or other organs of the United Nations should remain as it was then. It is only fair that the new member states be given an opportunity to take their rightful place in these bodies. I am afraid that if this does not happen soon, elections to these bodies may be marked by increased tension and competition between various geographical regions.’ “

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