UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Dec. 2)
The Middle East will have a major role at the meeting of the Council of NATO in Paris this month, it was learned here today. While it is possible that all of the major powers at the meeting, including the United States, may deny publicly that the Middle East is on the agenda, it was learned here that strenuous efforts will be made at the Paris meeting to arrive at some possible fundamental solutions of the Israel-Arab tensions.
Big Power agreement to reappraise the Middle East situation in general and the Israel-Arab hostilities particularly is understood to have been obtained by Italy, which aspires to the role of mediator between Israel and the Arab states. According to reports here, an emissary of the U. S. State Department is scheduled to go to Rome, after the current session of the United Nations General Assembly has adjourned, to discuss with the Italian Government its plans for acting as Arab-Israeli mediator.