GENEVA (Dec. 1)
A draft resolution presented jointly by Israel and Egypt calling for international support of the Middle East peace process was accepted unanimously last week by the World Federation of United Nations Associations.
The resolution, presented at the federation’s annual meeting here, called upon the group’s member nations to extend their influence to ensure that a concerted effort be made to foster the economic progress of all peoples living in the Middle East as a means for helping the peace process succeed.
But the measure underlined that particular attention must be paid to raising the living standard of the Palestinian people to make the Israel-Palestine Liberation Organization self-rule accord work.
The federation, founded in 1946, was created to encourage popular interest in U.N. programs and to further international understanding.
The Israeli representative to the U.N. body, Ambassador Yoel Barromi, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that this was the first meeting in which he participated that Israel had received a warm welcome.
“It was like the fall of the Berlin Wall,” he said. “We feel like a part of the world of nations.”