Blum Presents Credentials to Waldheim

Yehuda Blum, Israel’s new Ambassador to the United Nations, presented his credentials to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim this morning. “I had a very cordial and useful conversation with the Secretary General and I look forward to cooperating with him closely in the future,” Blum told a press conference immediately after the ceremony at Waldheim’s office.

During his half-hour press conference Blum was careful not to make predictions regarding the summit meeting at Camp David. He said, however, that “Israel hopes that these talks will take us one step further towards the establishment of a genuine peace in the Mideast and I am hopeful that during my term of office at the United Nations we shall witness the establishment of that peace.”

Blum also said that he expects the General Assembly, which opens here Sept. 19, to be very difficult for Israel. He said the Arab “rejectionist states” will attack Israel at the UN even if the Camp David summit proves to be a success. “They will try to torpedo any progress toward a peaceful solution,” he said.

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