Eisenhower and Eden to Discuss Middle East Problems, Britain Announces

Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden hopes to have a “full discussion on problems in the Middle Last” at his forthcoming meeting with President Eisenhower in Washington. R.A. Butler. Chancellor of the Exchequer said today in Commons, replying to questions addressed to the Prime Minister.

Sir Anthony “would not wish to commit himself to any special proposals in advance,” he continued, in reply to a number of questions by Labor and Liberal MP’s. While he refused to give specific assurances that any question raised today would be covered in the Eden-Eisenhower talks. Mr. Butler said that the discussion would be so broad that every aspect raised in Commons “is bound to come up for consideration.”

Labor Party leader Hugh Gaitskell asked whether the talks would concentrate on “how best to implement the Tripartite Declaration of 1950.” Other Members, including Laborite Arthur Henderson and Liberal Donald Wade, attempted, unsuccessfully, to get a commitment that Sir Anthony would raise the possibility of stationing an international police force along the Arab-Israel borders pending a peace settlement.

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