PARIS (Dec. 20)
Rumania’s Ambassador to France, Victor Dimitriu, declared here today that his country’s position on the Middle East is based on non-interference in the internal affairs of the states in that region and respect for their sovereignty, which remains unchanged since the events of last June. He noted that Rumania continues to maintain normal diplomatic relations with both sides in the conflict, and observed that the role of small and medium nations is growing in world affairs, regardless of their military power.
The Rumanian envoy’s remarks were made against a background of comment and speculation in the French press and on radio and television over what is being said behind closed doors in Warsaw, where the Foreign Minister of Soviet Russia and foreign ministers or deputy foreign ministers of seven other Communist nations have been meeting since yesterday on the Middle East situation.
That situation remains a subject of intense interest beyond political and diplomatic circles here. The satirical weekly, “Canard Enchaine,” has just published a moving and highly favorable report on Israel. In film circles, the French producer, Bokanowski, announced plans for a movie spectacle in the style of the late Cecil B. DeMille, that would trace Jewish survival from the destruction of the Temple to present times. He said the huge cast will include such stars as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Chaplin, Yul Brynner and Orson Wells.