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Javits Opposes U.N. Seat for Nasser, Challenges Lehman’s Position

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Senator Jacob J. Javits today took issue with former Governor Lehman’s accusation of the State Department’s “supine acceptance” of the United Arab Republic’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Mr. Javits declared he was doing “everything I can to help our Government find another candidate for this Security Council seat.” “I hope sincerely,” he added, “that Sen. Lehman will join me in this approach.”

In a statement here, Sen. Javits declared: “I am pleased to note that Senator Lehman has come full circle in his position on the candidacy of the United Arab Republic for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. In his letter of October 19, Sen. Lehman now charges the Department of State with ‘supine acceptance’ of Nasser’s candidacy. This is a marked retreat from his first letter in which he accused the Government without any basis in fact of supporting the UAR.

“There is a very great difference between supporting a candidate and trying to find a new one who will be satisfactory. The UAR should not be elected to this seat, and Sen. Lehman and I agree on this.”

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