GENEVA (Oct. 31)
Despite strong diplomatic efforts by the United States, an Arab-sponsored resolution was approved here by the United Nations Trade and Development Board to exclude Israel for the eighth consecutive year from participating in economic and trade negotiations and from receiving funds allocated to Third World nations. The resolution was approved by a 63-22 margin.
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN here, Geoffrey Swabe, said he was concerned at the growing atmosphere of confrontation at the meetings of the Trade and Development Board. He said that less time was being devoted to efficient discussions on the problems facing developing nations. “We must oppose any attempt to alter the United Nations system to support exclusive meetings of any groups, ” Swabe said.