WARSAW (May. 15)
Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban, here to conduct a conference of Israeli diplomats accredited to seven East European countries, met Poland’s Foreign Minister Adam Rapacki here today, for the second time this weekend. The two foreign ministers met for a general review of problems of concern to both Poland and Israel and, according to an Israeli spokesman’s description, “international affairs and matters relating to the two countries.”
(A Jerusalem dispatch to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that a member of Mr. Eban’s entourage said he believed Mr. Eban explained to Mr. Rapacki Israel’s position regarding the Oder-Neisse Line, the postwar Polish borders in dispute with Germany. Jerusalem also reported that Dr. Rolf Pauls, Bonn’s Ambassador to Israel, had been instructed by his Government to request from the Israeli Foreign Ministry an “explanation” regarding those Rapacki-Eban talks.)
Mr. Eban met Mr. Rapacki for the second time today when both participated in ceremonies at the Monument to the Jewish Martyrs commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Mr. Eban laid a wreath at the base of the monument. Later, he conferred with Polish Minister of Culture Lucian Motika, the two Cabinet members reviewing Polish-Israeli cultural relations. Then Mr. Eban visited the Institute for Jewish History here.
Mr. Eban seemed today still shaken by his visit Friday to the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, now a Polish national memorial shrine. There, surrounded by the Israeli Ambassadors and diplomatic Ministers to the countries beyond the Iron Curtain, the Israeli Foreign Minister, visibly moved, laid flowers at the foot of the Auschwitz “wall of death” and at the ruins of a crematorium at nearby Birkenau.