DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Sen. Griffin Urges President Convene ' 7
UN Conclave on ME Wea oro Issue
U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin
(R-Mich.) proposed Tuesday that
a UN - sponsored conference be
called to negotiate a non-prolifera-
tion treaty on conventional weap-
ons for the Middle East.
"We. can't afford to ignore the
timebomb ticking away in that
part of the world," Griffin said in
a Senate speech. "A bold new ap-
proach is urgently needed to bring
under control the escalating arms
race which threatens to explode
at any time into a major war."
The Michigan lawmaker re-
leased the text of a resolution he
will introduce Tuesday, requesting
the President to "take all necessary
measures" through the United Na-
tions to call a. conference of the
nations which supply weapons to
the Middle East, as well as those
nations which receive them.
"Even though the basic politi-
cal issues which divide Israel
from her Arab neighbors still ap-
pear insoluble, it is possible that
all the narties involved could
find mutual advantages in a
treaty to bring the current arms
race under control," Griffin said.
"The recently concluded nuclear
non-proliferation treaty embodies
concepts which could be applied
regionally to limit the buildup of
"A non-proliferation treaty on
conventional weapons negotiated
among supplier nations, as well as
recipient nations, offers the best
hope of containing the conflict and
keeping it within manageable pro-
"Our government should make
certain . that the Soviets cannot
misjudge American intentions in
the Middle East, and we should
undertake to convince them that
a common approach to the spiral-
ing arms race would be mutually.
"By linking common interests of
the great powers with the need for
security of the nations in the
Middle East, it may be possible to
develop a means for, .stabilizing
this very critical situation.
"The obstacles and difficulties
in the path of a conventional
weapons non- proliferation treaty
for the Middle East are not to be
underestimated," Griffin said. "But
I believe the effort must be made."
He described the Middle East as
"a tinder box that is potentially
more dangerous to world peace
"Nearly a year has passed since
the last Arab-Israeli war. Little
has been accomplished during that
time.to lessen the tension.
"We should remember that few
held out much hope for success
when negotiations_ toward a nuclear
non-proliferation treaty were first
"The time has come for the
United States to launch a major
diplomatic offensive for peace in
the Middle East," he said.
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Samuel H. Shapiro
Will Take Oath as
SPRINGFIELD. Ill. — On
day, 60 - year - old Samuel H.
Shapiro, Illinois' lieutenant - gov-
ernor, will take the oath of office
as that state's 36th governor.
Shapiro will take office following
the resignation of Gov. Otto
Kerner, who will take an appoint-
ment to the 7th U.S. Court of Ap-
peals in Chicago.
Born in Kankakee, the son of a
Russian-born cobbler, Shapiro was
graduged from the University of
- Illinois law school in 1929.
In 1936, at age 29. Shapiro was
elected state's attorney of Kan-
kakee County. Although loyal to
the Democratic Party, he faced a
difficult emotional dilemma in 1939
when a typhoid epidemic swept
Manteno State Hospital. Investiga-
tion showed that the administrator,
active in the Democratic cause,
had received several strong warn-
ings about the epidemic but had
failed to act.
A conviction against the public
welfare director was overturned
by the S u p r eine Court and
Shapiro was defeated when he
tried for re-election in 1940.
Following service in the Navy
during World-/ War II, Shapiro
served 14 years in the State Leg-
islature as the lone Democrat from
the Kankakee district.
His efforts on behalf of mental
health won him the name "Mr.
Mental Health" by the Research
Foundation for Mentally Ill and
In November 1960, Shapiro was
elected lieutentant-governor on the
slate with Otto Kerner. Kerner and
Shapiro are close friends and are
always in complete rapport and
When rioting erupted in Chicago
in April, Kerner was in Florida,
keeping in telephone touch with
Shapiro, the acting governor, who
summoned national guard and fed-
eral troops to quell violence.
In 1967, the Jewish National
Fund, in recognition of his leader-
ship; and service to Israel, honored
Shapiro with the "crown of a good
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