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Security Council Struggles for Agreement on Resolution

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Members of the United Nations Security Council struggled unsuccessfully throughout another day today seeking agreement on an acceptable resolution to deal with the Arab-Israeli hostilities.

The striking Israeli successes, entailing the destruction of Arab military power in less than 36 hours and the placement of Israeli forces in strategic positions dominating the Sinai Peninsula and poised to seize control of Sharm-el-Sheikh overlooking the Strait of Tiran and threatening the Suez Canal, had reversed the power picture.

One effect of the Israeli showing on the battlefields was to compel the Soviet Union to abandon its aloof attitude and participate in talks leading to a mutually acceptable solution. The Soviet position today was that Israel should withdraw its forces beyond its own frontiers. There were reports that the Soviet envoy, Dr. Nikolai T. Fedorenko, had been closeted for a large part of the day with Arthur Goldberg, the American representative, seeking an area of agreement.

Earlier in the day, it was assumed that a resolution would express the Council’s grave concern over the outbreak of hostilities, would call on all parties for an immediate cease-fire, and would have the Secretary-General hold himself in readiness for implementation of the Council decisions.

Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban arrived from Israel today to participate in the Security Council meetings. He was to meet briefly with the President of the Council tonight just before the Council was scheduled to meet.

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