UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Sep. 23)
The first Arab verbal gun against Israel at this year’s General Assembly was fired here today. Mohieddine Fekini, Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Libya, addressing the Assembly during the early stages of its general debate, singled out the so-called “Palestine problem” by scolding the United Nations for alleged failure to solve this issue which, he said, constituted “a grave threat to stability and security in the Middle East.”
“Certain great powers,” he declared, “accept the Palestinian injustice under the pretext of maintaining the equilibrium of forces in the Middle East.” He charged that these powers–which he did not name–”were being misled by the maneuvers of international Zionism.”
Asserting that the Palestinian people “will never resign themselves to the loss of their ancestral land,” he declared that the only solution to the problem is complete “repatriation” of the Palestinian refugees and payment of compensation to them.