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Arab Opposition to Israel Proposal Forces Elimination of Its Korean Cease-fire Plan

Arab opposition to Israel’s role in the Korean cease-fire resolution this week-and resulted in the elimination of the resolution introduced in the United Nations Political Committee by Aubrey Eban last Friday for a progressive cease-fire to be followed by a conference on Far Eastern problems. The earlier proposal by the three-man truce committee–similar in a number of respects to the Israel plan–was adopted instead.

The last-minute Arab revolt against the Israel resolution was successful despite the fact that no other delegation appeared willing to propose a resolution on a Korean settlement. Earlier the Arabs had supported the principles contained in the Israel resolution, but later threatened to abstain or vote against it.

After the Arab threats the Political Committee recessed for private conference among the 12-member Asian-Arab group. When it reconvened, the Mexican delegate proposed–as a point of order–that the truce committee’s principles be adopted at once “at an organic whole.” This move removed Israel sponsorship from the proposition.