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British Foreign Secretary Rules out Geneva Parley on Middle East

Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd rejected proposals today that he approach the powers which met at Geneva last year for a four-power general settlement of Middle East problems on the basis of the United Nations charter. The proposals were made in the House of Commons by Konni Zilliacus, a Laborite.

Mr. Lloyd said the Middle East question was already on the General Assembly’s agenda and he said Britain would play its part as a UN member in seeking 2 Palestine settlement on the basis of justice. He said one of the best ways to get a settlement was to try and preserve peace between the competing parties. He warned that the worst possible way was “to propound a sort of settlement to be imposed on the parties. It is a matter of negotiations.” he declared.

The first thing, he said, was to have peace on the frontiers and the Government had suggested an increase in the UN element to do that. The second thing, he said was to have an agreement on frontiers. The third was the refugee question. He stressed that “some solution has got to be found for the resettlement of the refugees.” The fourth thing he declared, was the water problem. Clearly defined lines of policy have been put forward again and again, the Foreign Secretary declared but the difficulty was to get the parties to agree with them.

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