WASHINGTON (Dec. 6)
The State Department refused today to comment on a press report stating that Adlai E. Stevenson had urged the United States Administration to seek NATO cooperation for a general political settlement in the Middle East and that the Administration indicated that the NATO meeting was not the proper forum to discuss the suggestion of the former Democratic Presidential candidate.
Lincoln White, State Department spokesman, said the Department had no comment on the report. A spokesman for Mr. Stevenson flatly denied the report. He said:
“The Governor has doubtless discussed many ideas in the State Department, and probably this one. He has long been concerned with new initiatives in the Middle East and suggested an arms embargo, and enlarged boundary guarantees, a year or more ago.” But so far as urging that NATO make a new effort in the Middle East, Mr. Stevenson “has made no such proposal.”
An indication was given, in the statement by Mr. Stevenson’s spokesman, that the Democratic leader did suggest to the State Department some new peace move in the Middle East, possibly involving an arms embargo by the Great Powers.