Waldheim Recommends Unef Mandate Be Extended for Six Months

Secretary General Kurt Waldheim recommended to the Security Council today that it extend for six months the mandate of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle East which is due to expire Oct. 24. In a report to the Security Council, the Secretary General said, “I consider the continued operation of UNEF essential not only for maintaining the present quiet in the Egyptian-Israeli sector, but also to assist, if required, in further efforts for the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

Waldheim’s report put the present strength of UNEF at 4491 troops and noted that the terms of UNEF’s original mandate are adequate to cover its activities in the future. The Secretary General’s report did not deal with an extension of the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) operating on the Israeli-Syrian front which will expire Oct. 30.

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