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Pakistan President Rejects Role As Mediator Between Arabs and Israel

President Ayub Khan of Pakistan indicated skepticism here today as to whether his country could act effectively as mediator in the Arab-Israeli disputes. In reply to a question following an address to the National Press Club, where he was asked whether his State, as a Moslem nation outside the Arab League, could not take the initiative in seeking an Arab-Israeli settlement, he said:

“Have you tried that?” A number of nations, he said, have sought such a goal “and got their fingers burned.” Stressing that the problem was serious, affecting the security of all nations, and that there must be a desire for peace on both sides as a prerequisite, he added that there was no use “trying to act as a busybody” because efforts might be “only misunderstood.” Anyway, he said, “we have a large number of our own problems.”