WASHINGTON (Sep. 8)
President Carter’s intention to nominate Arthur J. Goldberg as chairman of the American delegation to the East-West conference in Belgrade scheduled for Oct. 4-Dec. 22 was received warmly today at the Capitol. The White House announced the President’s intention yesterday and Goldberg disclosed he had accepted the appointment.
At the office of Rep. Dante Fascell (D.Fla.), it was revealed that Goldberg had been in communication with Fascell about the appointment and Fascell was delighted to know Goldberg would head the delegation. Fascell is chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 15-member body that has responsibility for monitoring the Helsinki Act signed by 35 nations, including the U.S. and the USSR in 1975. Fascell will be a vice chairman of the delegation as will Sen. Clairborne Pell (D.RI).
Pell is one of the six Senators on the Commission, which includes six House members and three Administration officials. Typical of Capitol reaction was the comment of Sen. Clifford Case (R.NJ), also a Commission member, who said he could not think of a better choice and that he was pleased the President had named Goldberg because the issues involved the broad question of the rights of all peoples.
Goldberg, former chief counsel for the AFLCIO, had been an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was a principal author of Security Council Resolution 242. Goldberg, 69, has been out of public life for nine years although he has maintained keen interest in international and national affairs and has spoken out on them. He is a former president of the American Jewish Committee.