State Dept. U.S. Asked East European Countries to Halt Aid to Israel

The State Department today denied a London report that the United States has warned Czechoslovakia, Finland and other Eastern European countries to halt military aid to Israel lest Palestine truce resolutions be violated.

“There is nothing to it,” a Department spokesman declared. He said that neither he nor the highest European Affairs officials in the Department knew anything about notes to these countries.

Any admonitions to European countries to avoid breaking the truce resolutions imposed by the United Nations would have to come from the United Nations, he asserted. If the United States wanted to instigate such admonitions, it would communicate with U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie, but the United States has not done so, the spokesman said.

Be dismissed as “highly improbable” a suggestion that the notes to Czechoslovakia, Finland and other countries might have originated in the American embassies there and informally communicated to the respective authorities.

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