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British Premier Refuses to Impose Arms Embargo on Middle East

Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refused today to initiate any move to impose an arms embargo on the Middle East, although he indicated Britain’s readiness to discuss the matter in the United Nations.

He made his statements in reply to questions in Commons by Laborite W. Warbey who asked him to call a conference of the Big Four to set up such an embargo in view of French and Soviet agreement on the desirability of such a move. The basic reason for Sir Anthony’s refusal to work for an embargo, he said, was that Britain had definite arms commitments to Middle East countries under the terms of the Tripartite Declaration of 1950.