UNITED NATIONS (May. 25)
A spokesman for the British Mission to the United Nations told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that Ambassador Lord Caradon met with Security Council President Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet on Friday “to consider possible action being taken by the United Nations” regarding the Arab guerrilla attack Friday on an Israeli school bus. The British spokesman said that Lord Caradon and Mr. Morizet met shortly after learning about the ambush attack “but no position was taken at that time.” Asked if the two ambassadors considered calling an emergency meeting of the Security Council, the spokesman hinted that such a meeting might have been favored by both if Israel had initiated a request for a Council meeting. “Interpret the phrase ‘possible action’ as you will,” the spokesman told the JTA. “At this time, there is no reason to suppose that any early meeting of the Security Council will take place. Israel should ask for that but hasn’t.”
A spokesman for the Israeli Mission said Israel has not called for a Council meeting “because it is pointless” in view of the resolution adopted last week which condemned Israel’s May 12 incursion into Lebanon. The resolution did not mention the terror attacks against Israel. The mission spokesman said that the Council is evidently stacked against Israel. “The Council has not passed a single resolution condemning Arab aggression in the 22 years since Israel’s establishment.” Since the Six-Day War, the Council has slapped Israel nine times for cease-fire “violations.” Meanwhile, the Big Four are scheduled to meet tomorrow with no indication that the latest tragedy will have any effect on their continuing sluggish talks to establish a guideline for the resumption of Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring’s Middle East peace mission.