UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Dec. 15)
A resolution on the United Nations peace-keeping machinery — not entirely acceptable to Israel — was adopted here yesterday by a slim margin in the General Assembly’s Special Political Committee. It will have tough sledding when it reaches a plenary session of the Assembly, and may be defeated, it was predicted here today.
The committee yesterday concluded weeks of debate on peace-keeping operations by adopting a number of resolutions. One of the drafts had been introduced by Jamaica and linked peace-keeping operations with law enforcement. Under such a procedure, a peace-keeping force could be introduced in a manner which would be objectionable to Israel, which jealously guards its sovereignty.
When the draft came to a ballot, it passed in the 122-member committee by a vote of 20 in favor, five against and 80 abstentions. Israel was among the abstainers. It was freely predicted here today that, when the committee’s action as proposed by Jamaica comes before an Assembly plenary session, many of the abstainers would vote against it, thus wiping out the narrow vote by which the committee adopted it.