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U.S. and Britain Discuss Moves on Arab-israel Issue at United Nations

The British and United States delegations here have been discussing what next steps should be taken in connection with the entire Arab-Israel issue. Confirmation that such discussions have been held came today from a spokesman for the United States delegation.

Neither he nor British spokesmen, however, would indicate the position taken by either delegation on the pressure of the Afro-Asian bloc for a new General Assembly resolution which would condemn Israel for not having completed its troops withdrawals from the Sinai Peninsula or the Gaza Strip.

Britain’s position regarding suggestions that some kind of United Nations jurisdiction be set up over the Gaza Strip has already been voiced in the House of Commons, it was pointed out here. Selwyn Lloyd, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, told Commons last night that UN jurisdiction over the Gaza Strip would be one way of settling that problem.

The United States “basic position on Israel’s troop withdrawals was reiterated here today as one “stressing the need for full compliance with the United Nations resolutions calling for the withdrawal of all Israel troops behind the armistice lines.”

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