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British Premier Backs Kennedy’s Views on Middle East

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Prime Minister Harold Macmillan assured the House of Commons last night that he endorses the statement made in Washington by President Kennedy last week to the effect that the United States would take action, in the United Nations or outside the world organization, if Israel’s armistice lines or the Arab armistice lines were violated.

Mr. Macmillan made his statement in writing, in reply to a question by Gilbert Londgen, a Conservative member of Parliament. The latter had asked the Premier whether he would associate himself publicly with America’s declare policy in the Middle East. Mr. Macmillan replied:

“Yes. I am glad to endorse the President’s statement. Her Majesty’s Government are deeply interested in peace and stability in this area, and are opposed to the use of force or threat of force there as elsewhere in the world. We are equally opposed to the interference by any country in the affairs of another, whether by the encouragement of subversion or by hostile propaganda.

“I cannot say in advance what action we would take in a crisis, since it is difficult to foresee the exact circumstances which might arise. We regard the United Nations as being primarily responsible for the maintenance of peace in the area. If any threat to the peace arises, we will consult immediately with the United Nations, and will take whatever action we feel may be required.”

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