WASHINGTON (May. 15)
Sen. Robert P. Griffin, Michigan Republican, proposed today in a speech prepared for delivery in the Senate that a United Nations-sponsored conference be called to negotiate a non-proliferation treaty on conventional weapons for the Middle East. He said, “a bold new approach is urgently needed to bring under control the escalating arms race which threatens to explode at any time into a major war.” He said that the agreement he envisaged might be patterned after the nuclear non-proliferation treaty pending before the United Nations.
Sen. Griffin said he would introduce a resolution next week to call on the President to seek such a conference through the U.N. to involve nations shipping arms to the Middle East and recipients there. He termed the Arab-Israel situation “more dangerous to world peace than Vietnam.” The Senator said the United States “should make certain that the Soviets cannot misjudge American intentions in the Middle East, and we should undertake to convince them that a common approach to the spiraling arms race would be mutually advantageous.”