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End of Israel Blockade Seen As Vital Component of Western Plan

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Observers here awaiting the next developments in the Suez Canal situation following conclusion of the 22-nation conference expressed belief today that lifting of the Egyptian blockade of Israeli shipping is an integral part of the majority plan which the five-man committee representing the parley is to submit to Egyptian President Nasser. The majority plan, it is pointed out, not only reiterates the principle of the Constantinople Convention of 1888, but also stresses the principle of “insulating the operation of the Canal from the influence of the politics of any nation.”

Observers of the conference said today that the Western case, presented in the universal interest of all maritime nations would be severely damaged if it did not cite the blockade as a blatant abuse of the international waterway by Egypt. Increasing recognition is being given here to the fact that no revision of the Canal regime can endure unless this president is removed.

Observers here feel that the conference strongly reaffirmed the principle of unimpeded navigation without discrimination of flag. The attitude of various delegates suggested they had become increasingly conscious of the blockade problem as part and parcel of the general issue.

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