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Tekoah Criticizes Waldheim

Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah today sharply criticized Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s statement yesterday expressing doubt there would be a third extension of the UN peace-keeping troops mandate in the Mideast. Saying he was replying to questions from the press, Tekoah declared:

“If the United Nations would not have deteriorated as it has in recent years its Secretary General would not have made such unhelpful comments. The Secretary General should be urging the parties to live up to their obligations under the military separation and cease-fire agreements of which the continued presence of the United Nations is an indispensable part. He should not anticipate in a matter of fact way Egyptian and Syrian violations of the agreement by refusal to prolong the UNEF (United Nations Emergency Force) and UNDO (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) mandates.”