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Accord over Eichmann Evokes Satisfaction in Argentina and Israel

August 5, 1960
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The formal accord between Israel and Argentina which was announced yesterday both here and in Jerusalem, will mark the beginning of the resumption of the normal friendly relations which prevailed between the two countries before the Eichmann incident, Shabtai Rosenne, legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here today prior to his return to Israel.

At the same time Angel Centeno, Argentine Foreign Undersecretary, stated today that his government now regards Israel’s acknowledgement that Argentine rights were violated –together with the diplomatic action taken by President Frondizi–as the “adequate reparation” which was demanded of Israel in the Security Council resolution of June 23.

A joint Argentine-Israel statement declaring the Eichmann affair settled was issued last night simultaneously in Buenos Aires and in Jerusalem. The statement read: “The Governments of Israel and Argentina, animated by the wish to comply with the Security Council resolution of June 23, in which hope was expressed that the traditionally friendly relations between the two countries will be advanced, have decided to regard as closed the incident that arose from action by Israel nationals which infringed on the fundamental rights of Argentina.”

Mr. Rosenne ended today his brief visit here during which he held talks with Argentine President Frondizi, Foreign Minister Diogenes Taboada and other government officials, to heal the rift between the two countries which began with the abduction last May of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal who supervised the mass killing of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe. The Israeli official, who carried out the negotiations, mainly with his Argentine counterpart, Luis de Pablo Pardo, told the J. T.A. that the talks were held in a very informal atmosphere without any “philosophical entanglements.”

Mr. Rosenne said that when he left Jerusalem, his instructions were to find out what kind of satisfaction the Argentine Government was seeking from Israel in connection with the Eichmann affair. When he arrived here, Mr. Rosenne added, he found the stage was already set for the ousting of Israel’s Ambassador Arieh Levavi. He became aware, he said, that the Argentine Government needed such a spectacular measure. It was only after Ambassador Levavi was declared persona non grata, that the accord became possible, Mr. Rosenne indicated.

Asked about the resignation of ambassadors by the two countries, Mr. Rosenne said they would be named very soon, possibly after the Jewish holidays early in October.

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