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Arab-israel Tension Hampers Middle East Progress, Stassen Reports

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Harold E. Stassen, director of the Foreign Operations Administration, told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today that “dangerous tensions still exist between the Arab states and Israel, and as long as this situation persists, the potentialities for progress and well-being for all nations in the area can never be fully realized.”

“We are encouraged, however, by recent evidence of constructive attitudes toward reaching a solution to the international water problems of the Jordan Valley,” Mr. Stassen reported. “Real progress in this matter can make an important contribution to the ultimate solution of the tragic problem of the Palestine refugees. Sixty-five million of the total requested for the Near East and Africa is planned for continued support of the United Nations program providing relief and resettlement assistance for these long suffering peoples.

Mr. Stassen urged aid for the Near East as outlined previously before the Senate. He said “development assistance is proposed for Israel and certain Arab states who presently lack the economic resources to provide for the basic needs of their peoples without external assistance.”

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