The Secretary-General also discussed the Middle East at a meeting with Yakov A. Malik (Soviet Union) on Thursday afternoon. Details were not immediately made public. Earlier in the day, a United Nations spokesman said that the Secretary-General had taken note of the Soviet position as issued yesterday in a Government statement. This included a renewed call for a resumption of the Geneva Peace Conference and said that the work of the Conference could be arranged in two stages.
It was announced on Thursday, 29 April, that Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim would go to Nairobi, Kenya, next week to address the fourth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and would then go on to pay official visits to seven African countries -- Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Congo, United Republic of Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria.
Leaving New York on Monday, 3 May, Mr. Waldheim will first stop in Strasbourg, France, to address the Council of Europe on 4 May. He will arrive in Nairobi on 5 May and will return from his African trip to New York on 16 May.
Commenting on the action taken by fan Smith to bring some black members into his Government in Southern Rhodesia~ the Secretary-General reaffirmed in a statement issued through a spokesman that only majority rule by a representative government could be the basis for a solution of the Rhodesian problem. The action taken by Mr. Smith, he said, "cannot be regarded in any way as meeting this fundamental condition".
Sergey Smirnov (Soviet Union) said in this connexion that Zionism was an imperialistic militant ideology of racial hatred which should be universally condemned.
Zakaria Siage (Syria) said that Israel and South Africa had similar ideologies based on oppression of the indigenous population and that their collaboration was endangering United Nations efforts against racial discrimination.
William Scranton (United States) told the Council that his country would never accept the thesis of the resolution equating Zionism with racism "any more than it would agree that other legitimate national liberation movements are to be condemned as forms of racism or racial discrimination". The resolution was "unwise, unjust, and completely unacceptable", he said, and it demolished the United Nations consensus on questions relating to racial discrimination.
Sherif Abdul Hamid Sharaf (Jordan) said that the resolution was "a step in the right direction morally and politically" and that it exposed the racist basis of Israeli conduct in the Middle East region. He said there was an inseparable link between the legitimate demands of the peoples of southern Africa for freedom and dignity in their homeland and those of the Palestinian people.
Chaim Herzog (Israel) said that Arab extremists had brought discredit to the United Nations by forcing it to equate Zionism with racism, and that, while his delegation supported all moves to eliminate racism, it must speak out against the programme as long as "that obscene act" was in any way associated with it. He said that, if the visit of the South African Prime Minister were interpreted as endorsement of his Government's policies, the same conclusion must be applied to all countries where such visits had taken place.
Zehi Terzi of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said that the struggle against racism was indivisible and that any victory in Africa was a triumph for the struggle of the Palestinians. The United States, he said, could ask Tel Aviv to become part of the world community, but it preferred to use the United Nations as a public convenience in an election year. The liberation of the African peoples would help the Palestinians to achieve their freedom, said Mr. Terzi, despite the billions of dollars given by the United States to the Zionist regime.
Mr. Aquino said that more than three-fourths of the commitments were for least-developed nations or those most seriously affected by balance-of-payments problems. Two of the countries, Cyprus and South Viet-Nam; were hardship cases with special needs.
King Carl Gustaf of Sweden visited United Nations Headquarters on Monday, 26 April. His schedule included a meeting with the Secretary-General, attendance at a luncheon given in his honour by Mr. Waldheim, and meetings with the President of the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and with Swedish staff members of the world Organization.
A 2,700-year-old statuette of the god Osiris was presented to the United Nations on Thursday, 29 April, by Ambassador Meguid of Egypt. At a brief ceremony, Mr. Meguid recalled that the ancient deity was supposed to have been a prophet who "pacified and civilized the world". It might thus be said, he commented, that Osiris was one of the earliest philosophical harbingers of the United Nations.
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