British Prime Minister Harold Wilson told delegates to the Socialist International IIth Congress at Eastbourne in southern England today that to secure disarmament, the People's Republic of China must be considered for membership of the United Nations.
Conference Hall; delegates; Wilson and Mrs. Meir speak (SOF).
TRANSCRIPT: WILSON: "Many of the countries represented here have voted in favour of China assuming her position in the United Nations. We know how difficult this is for many friends and allies. We know the powerful argument that can be raised against it. But many of us here will continue towards a situation.....to work towards a situation, in which it can no longer be said that a quarter of mankind is barred from the committee of mankind. Before very long, the situation will be reached when lasting and secure progress of disarmament will year by year become more difficult if the conditions have not been created on both sides which make Chinese participation possible".
MRS MEIR: "There are four parties sitting around the table, four powers. One of them is the Soviet Union. Every single son of ours that has fallen in the battle in the south was killed by Soviet weapons. Many of our soldiers in many....many of our farmers, in the Kibutzi and in the....in the valley of the Jordan have been wounded and killed by Russian shells. Our children have learned a bit of the Russian language, everyone knows what a katusha is, going about their work, on the way to school. This is one of the four powers sitting around the table discussing the fate of Israel, also the fate of the Arab countries" (APPLAUSE).
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Background: British Prime Minister Harold Wilson told delegates to the Socialist International IIth Congress at Eastbourne in southern England today that to secure disarmament, the People's Republic of China must be considered for membership of the United Nations. In another address, Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir charged the Soviet Union that every son of Israel killed in the conflict with the Arab world had been killed by a Russian weapon.
Mr. Wilson said that secure progress towards disarmament would become yearly more difficult if Chinese participation had not been made possible.
Mrs. Meir then criticised the Soviet Union for providing arms to the Arab nations while sitting at the conference table discussing the fate of the Israelis and the Arabs.
Earlier, the leaders of Britain, Italy and West Germany told the Congress that they hoped that the election of M. Georges Pompidou as the President of France would quicken the pace towards European unity.