UNITED NATIONS (Jan. 16)
Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has appealed to the governments of Israel and Egypt to show restraint in view of the latest violations of the cease-fire on the Suez Canal front. Waldheim contacted the UN ambassadors of Israel and Egypt yesterday and “expressed concern” over the deteriorating situation on the cease-fire lines, a UN spokesman reported today.
The spokesman said that the Egyptian envoy, Ambassador Ahmed Abdel Meguid, and the acting permanent representative of Israel, Ambassador Jacob Doron, promised to convey his concern and appeals for restraint to their respective governments. Meguid requested a meeting with the Secretary General and will see him late this afternoon. According to the UN spokesman, Waldheim is in continuing contact with the U.S. UN Mission with regard to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s current diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.
In another development it was announced here today that the sum of $4,853,040 has been contributed by member states to date to the operations of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle East. The total sum authorized by the Security Council when it established UNEF for a six-month period last Oct. is $30 million.
It was learned here, meanwhile, that no Eastern European Communist country has made any contribution so far to the UNEF operation although the Soviet Union had indicated that it would participate in financing the force when it was set up.