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British Labor Party Studies “constructive Policy” on Middle East

The executive of the British Labor Party was studying today a “coherent and constructive” policy for the Middle East offered last week at the Party’s convention by the Poale Zion, an affiliate of the Labor Party.

The Poale Zion resolution was referred to the executive for consideration at the recommendation of Aneurin Bean, Laborite leader. It pledged the Labor Party to oppose armed intervention in the affairs of Middle East nations except under the auspices of the United Nations and outlined the following “main principles” of the proposed party policy:

1. Recognition of the sovereignty, and territorial integrity of all states in the area; 2. The need for agreement among the Great Powers to end the arms race in the region; 3. The need for a comprehensive mutual aid plan under UN auspices for the economic development of all countries in the area, including the ownership, production, distribution and consumption of oil; 4. The necessity of tangible UN guarantees and an understanding among the Great Powers for the security and peaceful development of Israel.

5. The UN must take immediate steps to work out plans for resettlement of the Arab refugees; 6. The Arab states must give up their proclaimed policy of belligerency against Israel, 7. Free navigation through the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Akaba must be secured for all nations without discrimination; 8. The anti-Jewish boycott and border attacks against Israel must be condemned by the international community; and 9. The UN must place in the forefront of international action on the Middle East direct talks between Israel and the Arab states to settle all outstanding differences.

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