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World Health Organisation: possible action against Israel

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No. M3 2 Date.4 May 1979 THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon, Andrew Peacock, today strongly criticised reported moves at the current session, of the World Health Assembly to suspend Israel from the World Health Organisation, Mr Peacock said that any attempt to invoke Article 7 of the WHO Constitution (which provides for the suspension of voting rights and of WHO services)

against Israel would be resolutely opposed by Australia and, he hoped, the majority of WHO members,

"Australia has always opposed the introduction of political questions into specialised agencies such as the WHO, The HIST General Assembly and Security Council are the appropriate forums for such discussions", Mr Peacock said. "Furthermore,

it is important that the principle of universality of membership of such organisations be maintained,"

Mr Peacock said that the Australian delegation to the WHO Assembly led by Federal Health Minister, Mr Ralph Hunt, had spoken out strongly against the moves directed at Israel and would continue to do so,

1 "The possible consequences for the WHO and for other specialised agencies would be disastrous", Mr Peacock said, "and would greatly diminish the effectiveness of WHO as a vehicle for improving the health and welfare of mankind generally