US rep. protests UN omission of Israel from maps

United States Ambassador to the UN protested before Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan on Saturday that the international organization used maps in which Israel did not appear. The maps were reportedly presented at an event dedicated to supporting the Palestinians. He said this was especially irresponsible at a time when Iran has called upon Israel to be "wiped off the face of the Earth," Israel Radio reported. Bolton complained that such an omission could be interpreted as support for the elimination of Israel.