61 Senators Co-sponsor Resolution for Arab-israel Talks on Reaching Peace

Sixty-one Senators co-sponsored today a “sense of the Senate” resolution advocating a durable and stable peace between the Arab states and Israel with discussions among the parties involved. The resolution was co-sponsored by Sen. Stuart Symington, Missouri Democrat, and Sen. Jacob K, Javits, New York Republican.

The resolution maintained that “the security and national interests of the United States require that there be a stable and durable peace in the Middle East.” Such a settlement, said the resolution, required talks among the parties involved with the assistance of the United Nations as a third party, if desired.

Four main goals of the peace conference were listed in the resolution: 1. “recognized boundaries and other arrangements that will give security against terror, destruction, and war, and the consequent withdrawal and disengagement of armed personnel. 2. “A just and equitable solution of the refugee problem. 3. “Free maritime passage through international waterways, including the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Akaba. 4. “Limits on a wasteful and destructive arms race.”

The resolution said that “in a climate of peace” the United States would do its full share to help in the solution of the Arab refugee problem; support regional cooperation; and see that the peaceful promise of nuclear energy is applied for the critical problems of desalting water. The resolution also calls on President Johnson to “pursue these objectives, as reflecting the sense of the Senate, within and outside the United Nations, and with all nations similarly minded, as being in the highest national interest of the United States.”

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