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British Stand on Status of Jerusalem Outlined in Parliament

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The British Government would like to see the situation with respect to the status of Jerusalem “regularized” but thinks that it is too early to say whether positive action can be expected at the next session of the United Nations General Assembly, A. D. Dodds-Parker, Joint Parliamentary Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs said in Parliament today.

His statement was made in reply to questions from Richard Wood, Conservative MP, who wanted to know whether the government was planning to initiate discussion at the next General Assembly on the resolution to internationalize Jerusalem.

In response to a question by Laborite Barnett Janner, Mr. Dodds-Parker said the British Government has not yet been convinced that the proposal to internationalize the city was “wrong. ” Mr. Janner had suggested that the British Government might reconsider its support of the internationalization resolution and assist in getting a settlement of the problem more in keeping with Israel’s proposal (to have an international authority responsible only for the protection of the Holy Places).

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