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Eban Confers with Jarring; Finds Egyptian Stand ‘uncompromising and Belligerent’

Egypt’s “uncompromising and belligerent” attitude on a Middle East peace settlement was the principal topic discussed by Foreign Minister Abba Eban and United Nations peace envoy, Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring in their 90-minute meeting here today. Mr. Eban is known to have stressed the gravity with which Israel views recent Egyptian statements and the flare-up of violence along the Suez Canal demarcation line. Today’s meeting was Dr. Jarring’s last visit to Jerusalem before leaving for the General Assembly opening in New York. The UN emissary visited Amman and Cairo earlier this week and is understood to have conveyed to Mr. Eban the substance of Egypt’s stand. This was an indirect reply to certain questions which the Israeli Foreign Minister passed on to Egyptian authorities through Dr. Jarring. The questions dealt with Egypt’s definition of “a Just and lasting peace”, one of the main points in the Security Council’s Nov.22.1967 resolution on the Middle East. The Egyptian reply indicated that it is not ready to take any step toward advancing the prospects of peace, it was reliably learned. Today’s Eban-Jarring talks touched only briefly on Jordan which Israel considers to be no longer a free agent but dependent on Cairo in its peace stand.

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