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French Senators Urge Pressure on Arabs to Agree to Talks with Israel

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A French Senatorial Commission today submitted a report which urged the Western Powers to threaten the Arab states with non-participation in the United Nations Agency for Arab refugee relief if they continued to refuse to agree to peace negotiations with Israel.

The report, prepared by five Senators who toured the Middle East, also proposed that the same warning be used to induce the Arab states to give active help in the permanent settlement of the refugees. The report will serve as the basis for next month’s discussion in the French Senate and in its Foreign Affairs Commission on a French Middle Eastern policy.

The Senators asked the French Government to propose to other financial backers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency that a financial embargo be imposed unless peace talks were started soon. The commission also asked for increased French financial support for cultural work in Israel.

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