UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Oct. 14)
Frustrated in his Middle East peace mission. Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring was expected to return here tonight from Moscow for “as long as it is necessary and useful,” a United Nations spokesman said today. Meanwhile, Arab delegations were preparing a verbal anti-Israel onslaught for Oct. 26 or 27 in the General Assembly’s plenary session, to which, according to sources, Israel will reply. Sources said there was disagreement among the Arabs over the scope of their attack. Egypt was believed to favor limiting the attack to the question of Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories under the terms of Security Council Resolution 242. Other Arab states were said to favor the inclusion of criticism of Israel’s position on the Palestinian refugee problem. The Israeli Consulate said today that Premier Golda Meir will address the Assembly the morning of Oct. 21 and will attend President Nixon’s UN Day dinner for heads of state in Washington the evening of Oct. 24. Although formal Mideast negotiations have been halted because of Israel’s back-out pending rectification of Egypt’s standstill violations, Dr. Jarring will be available to any parties who wish to see him. Specific appointments, however, will not be announced. A United States spokesman declined to say whether Secretary of State William P. Rogers will call on Dr. Jarring during the 10-day UN commemorative session, which opened today.
But Mr. Rogers, who arrives here tomorrow afternoon, has scheduled a meeting for late Friday afternoon with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad. The UN spokesman said it was possible that a Security Council meeting on the Foreign Minister level will be held Oct. 21. If it is, it will probably be a closed session. The American spokesman emphasized that the U.S., which caused the suspension of the Big Four deputies’ talks by withdrawing from them charging lack of progress, has no intention of seeking a suspension of the ambassadors’ talks as well. “Quite the contrary,” he said. The UN spokesman said that the four draft resolutions and two proposed amendments on the strengthening of international security were under consideration by the officers of the First (Political and Security) Committee, following the conclusion of two weeks of debate. One of the draft resolutions is a pro-“liberation movement” document submitted by the Soviet Union and seven other socialist countries. The U.S. was urged today by Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn of Boston, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, to support the admission of Communist China to the UN. The Reform leader called on President Nixon and Secretary Rogers to end America’s “game of pretense” over the issue. “We can never seriously progress on the road toward world peace by denying the existence of the Chinese People’s Republic,” he declared, reiterating a long-held position of the CCAR.