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Rumania Refuses to Sign Soviet-backed Resolution Condemning Israel for Aggression

Rumania, the only Communist bloc nation that still maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, refused to sign a Soviet-backed resolution at an international gathering in Moscow that condemned Israel for aggression against the Arabs in the Mideast. The Rumanian delegate, Justice Minister Andrian Dimitriu, stood firm against the resolution presented at a conference on the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. He said he was not authorized by his government to sign anything. The resolution also attacked West Germany for allowing “revanchist” and “neo-Nazi forces” to step up their activities, and the U.S. for “aggression” against Vietnam. Mr. Dimitriu spoke out in support of demands that West Germany abolish the statute of limitations on war crimes prosecutions which goes into effect at the end of this year and attacked the U.S. on Vietnam. But he refused to say a word against Israel.