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Golda Meir to Address U.N. Assembly Today; Will Outline Israel’s Stand

October 9, 1961
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Israel’s views on major world affairs will be presented tomorrow by Foreign Minister Golda Meir in an address before the United Nations General Assembly. Although the contents of her address have not been indicated, it was learned today that she is scheduled to speak for an hour and a half.

Mrs. Meir will deliver her address as part of the general debate at the Assembly which is devoted to major foreign policy statements by foreign ministers or other heads of delegations here. To date, five Arab spokesmen have enunciated the stands of their governments toward various international problems, including the Arab-Israel dispute.

The five Arab diplomats who spoke at the Assembly represented Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Lybia and Lebanon. All attacked Israel and called upon the Western Powers to cease giving political, financial and moral support to Israel. They also called for the “repatriation” of Arab refugees to Israel.

The refugee problem is the most important item on the Assembly’s agenda affecting Israel at the current session. The issue, however, is not likely to arise for detailed debate until next month. The Assembly’s Special Political Committee, where the refugee issue must be debated before it comes before a plenary meeting of the Assembly, has put that item next to last on its own agenda.

Prior to debating the refugee issue, the committee will receive a special report from the Palestine Conciliation Commission, which was ordered by the Assembly, last spring, to report on what progress, if any, has been made toward “repatriation” of the refugees or their compensation by Israel.

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