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Japanese Social Democratic Party Urges Arabs to Recognize Israel

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The Japanese Socialist Democratic Party executive has adopted a resolution expressing grave concern over the Middle East situation and voicing its sympathy with Arab and Israeli peoples “who are trying to surmount difficulties standing in the way of the building up of their own states.”

The text of the resolution, as received here, states that the party “welcomes the recent moves towards peaceful settlement of the conflict being made by the parties concerned in cooperation with the United Nations,” It urges all nations “to whom peace is precious” to insist on the following conditions:

“1. The Arab countries and Israel should refrain from the use of force, secure a cease-fire and limit border incidents between themselves in cooperation with the United Nations and finally to negotiate a peace treaty to settle all the outstanding problems existing.

“2. To facilitate a settlement, the Arab states should recognize the existence of the State of Israel. The problem of the Arab refugees should be solved through joint efforts by Israel and the Arab countries in cooperation with the United Nations.

“3. Large-scale economic aid for the development of the region should be given by the big powers through the United Nations. Within the framework of such a scheme, the Arab and Israeli people should work together for their mutual benefit.”

The resolution asks the Japanese Government not to act in any way counter to the party’s recommendations and demands that the government “should strictly prohibit the export of arms” to the Middle East.

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