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U.S. Favors Direct Israel-jordan Talks, State Department Says

A State Department official said on behalf of Secretary Dulles today that the Department hopes the Israel action invoking the Israel-Jordan armistice agreement to force a face-to-face conference with Jordan “will bring about positive results.”

“We will contribute to this end as best we can, ” Durward V.Sandifer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs, said in a letter to Rep. Samuel N. Freidel, a Maryland Democrat, written on behalf of Secretary Dulles.

Rep. Friedel made public the Sandifer letter which defended the recent U.S. action censuring Israel. The letter characterized Israel as having prejudiced chances for Near Eastern peace. It said the United Nations censure resolution, supported by the United States against Israel, was justified by “the facts put before the Council by he chief of staff of the United Nations truce supervision organization.”

With reference to Israel action of November 24 invoking terms ofthe Israel-Jordan armistice to force talks, Mr. Sandifer said this was Israel’s right. In making known that the Department would “contribute to this end as best we can, ” Mr. Sandifer added; “We earnestly hope that tensions will be reduced and both Israel and Jordan will demonstrate a readiness to establish a political atmosphere which will make possible progress toward a lasting settlement.”

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