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Security Council Meets Again Today; British Draft Seen Acceptable to Israel

The Security Council, which has been debating the Middle East crisis again for 10 days, since Egypt’s “urgent” call for such discussion, is to reconvene here tomorrow afternoon, with the top item on the agenda a British draft resolution equating Israel’s withdrawal of its troops from Arab-occupied areas with an end to belligerence. The draft also calls for freedom of navigation through international waterways. It was believed here today that the draft stood a good chance of adoption. Israelis are known to have indicated unofficially that Israel “could live” with the British formula. The draft does not spell out Israel’s withdrawal as to timing, nor does it say that the withdrawal is to be to the pre-June 5 armistice lines, but it is seen to contain many positive elements.