U.N. Secretary General Refrains from Opinion on Jordan Water Issue

Secretary General U Than refused to take a position regarding a possible Arab Israeli dispute in the United Nations around the problem of Israel’s plan to draw Jordan River waters and Arab opposition to that plan.

At a press conference in Tunisia–according to a transcript of that conference released here today-he was asked what the position of the United Nations would be if Israel carried out its plan to diver the Jordan River.” He replied:

This matter is not before the United Nations. For such issues which are not brought to the attentions of the United Nations. I am sure you will agree that in my position I should not offer an opinion. Of course, any time a member state wishes to bring this up before the competent organ of the United Nations, the United Nations will take it up, discuss the problem and make any necessary recommendations or decisions. For the moment, I do not think it proper for me to assess the situation.”

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