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Latin American Countries Working on Solution to Arab-israel Conflict, Minister Says

“Latin American countries are working on a project for a just solution of the Arab-Israel conflict,” Chilean Foreign Minister Gabriel Valdes revealed here today. He emphasized that although a solution to the problem was difficult and that it would take some time to bring it about; the Arab-Israel crisis “cannot be solved with long speeches.”

Diplomatic circles believe that the Latin-American proposal, which the Minister said would be made “within the next few days,” will provide for direct Arab-Israel talks. It was noted here that Jacob Tsur world chairman of the Jewish National Fund, who previously served as Israel Ambassador in Argentina and other Latin American countries, visited during the last weeks Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico, where he had audiences with the Presidents and Foreign Ministers of these countries.

(At the United Nations, Foreign Minister Nicanor Costa Mendez of Argentina told the emergency special session of the General Assembly yesterday that “simple withdrawal” of Israel’s forces from occupied Arab territory would not bring a return to peace in the Middle East. He said withdrawal must be a condition “concomitant” with a cessation of a “state of belligerency.” The Foreign Minister said he endorsed the proposal of the Vatican for internationalization of all of the holy places in both Old and New Jerusalem.)

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