General Assembly Recesses Subject to Recall; Mideast Issue Still on Agenda

The 22nd session of the General Assembly recessed in the early hours of this morning with the Middle East situation still on its agenda. At the closing, the Assembly President, Rumanian Foreign Minister Corneliu Manescu, called “on the countries directly concerned” to “concentrate their efforts to find through negotiations, a solution” that would lay the foundations for a lasting peace in the region. Mr. Manescu added such a solution must safeguard the legitimate rights of all peoples of the region “through the renunciation of all claims to territorial annexations as a result of military operations.”

Mr. Manescu’s remarks were made in a summation of the General Assembly’s work relative to the Middle East during the current session. He said that the session could be resumed at any time that “member states and the Secretary-General decide that appropriate conditions exist for the study of any of the three items remaining on the agenda.” Apart from the Middle East, the other items still on the agenda are the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the situation in Southwest Africa.

Mr. Manescu referred to the Security Council’s November 22 resolution on the Middle East as an “eloquent illustration” of the application of means provided by the U.N. Charter for the pacific settlement of international disputes. Ambassador Shabtai Rosenne, acting permanent representative of Israel at the U.N., praised Mr. Manescu’s direction of the General Assembly during its current session.

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