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Middle East Still Trouble Spot, Australian Foreign Minister Says

Richard G. Casey, Australian Minister for External Affairs, warned today that the Middle East remained an area of potential trouble because not one of the basic problems of the area which caused trouble in recent years had been solved.

Mr. Casey told the press here on his return from overseas that expansionist forces in Egypt were exploiting the general desire of the various Arab states for a better existence.

Referring to specific problems such as that of the Palestine refugees, the need for social reform and reasonable terms for Western access to the oil of the Arab lands, Mr. Casey, who served in the Middle East during World II as British Minister of State declared that the hard fact was that the Arabs themselves, rather than outside countries, must make the fundamental moves. Other countries, he said, particularly the United States and Britain, would help to create conditions suitable for working out solution.