Eytan Outlines Israeli Position at Session with U.N. Commission at Lausanne Parley
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Eytan Outlines Israeli Position at Session with U.N. Commission at Lausanne Parley

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In a two-hour appearance before the United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission at the Arab-Jewish peace parley here, Dr. Walter Eytan, Israeli delegation head who has just returned from conferences in Tel Aviv, outlined the Israeli attitude toward the Commission and the conference. He listed a number of proposals which the Israeli delegation had put forward and which apparently had gone either unattended or unanswered by the Commission or by the Arab delegations.

He said the time had come for the Commission to reorient its work. There was, he insisted, an obvious flaw in the work of the Commission since it had not even been able to start to conciliate between the Israelis and the Arabs. He then made a number of technical proposals which members of the Commission took to mean that he wanted to work towards early, direct meetings with the Arabs instead of the present system of communications through the intermediary of the Commission.

Reaction here to Dr. Eytan’s statement has been cautious. But members of the body were manifestly deeply impressed. A Commission spokesman indicated after its delivery that possible changes, of the kind proposed by the chief Israeli delegate, might occur.

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