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France Determined to Impose a ‘status Quo’ on Arab-israel Frontiers

The French Government is “determined” to impose a territorial status quo between the Arab States and Israel, Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville assured Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee here last night.

“Non-intervention in the internal affairs of foreign states,” he declared, “does not rule out on the part of the Western governments the implementation of certain responsibilities to impose the status quo between Israel and the Arab states.”

Going one step further, and mentioning specifically the 1950 Tripartite Declaration by France, Britain and the United States, which guaranteed the integrity of the Israeli-Arab borders, the Franco-Israeli Alliance voted a resolution today, calling upon the Government to intervene in the Middle East, in accord with that 1950 measure, “and safeguard the equilibrium of power and the independence of all states in the Middle East.”

The resolution was adopted at a meeting celebrating Israel’s anniversary, attended by leading French political figures and intellectuals. Among those present at the meeting were four members of the Cabinet and more than 100 members of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate.

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