UNITED NATIONS (Dec. 21)
In a last minute move before the General Assembly adjourns tomorrow, Yugoslavia introduced today a draft resolution calling for the enlargement of the 20-member Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People by adding three non-aligned countries to the committee–Nigeria, Mali and Guyana. These three and 16 other members of the Committee have no diplomatic relations with Israel.
Israel protested today to the UN Secretariat about the Yugoslavian move, which involves reintroducing Item 27–Question of Palestine–as contrary to the UN Charter. According to diplomats here, the Yugoslavian draft is inspired by the Palestine Liberation Organization which seeks to enhance the credibility of the Committee by widening its base.
Meanwhile, it was reported here that the General Assembly will not conclude its session tomorrow and will only adjourn in order to reconvene in the spring to discuss world economic problems. It was learned today that Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog will leave soon for consultation in Israel on future Mideast developments and ways to counter the recent “peace offensive” by the Arabs.