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U.S. Urged in Senate to Mediate Between Israel and Arab States

Sen. Mike Mansfield, Montana Democrat who Is an important member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged today that the United Nations call on Israel and the Arab states to adjust differences.

In a speech delivered in the Senate, Sen. Mansfield recommended that the United States initiate such a proposal as a means of achieving durable peace in the Middle East, while still making appropriate allowances for nationalistic trends.

Sen. Mansfield said United States policy cannot support either “the fantasy of some Arab leaders of eventually pushing Israel into the sea” or the “fantasy of Israeli expansion at the expense of the Arab States. “

“It seems to me high time for this country to propose the extension of the United Nations Emergency Forces to the border of any country in the Middle East which is concerned with aggression from a neighbor and which asks for that safeguard, “he stated “It is time to determine who is really afraid of war and who is really afraid of peace in the Middle East.”

A State Department spokesman today indicated that the United States would support Lebanon in any complaint it might be making to the United Nations Security Council. Spokesman Lincoln White said: “we will examine this complaint in the light of our obligations under the United Nations Charter and our commitments to Lebanon.” A complaint to the United Nations was announced in Lebanon today after a Cabinet meeting.

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