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Arab Press Cold to Eban’s Nine-point Peace Program

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The Arab press responded coldly to the nine-point peace program offered by Foreign Minister Abba Eban of Israel before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. In Cairo the plan was seen as deviating only in tone from previous Israeli proposals. Cairo radio said it contained nothing new. Papers in Damascus said it “reaffirmed Zionist expansionist intentions.” Baghdad radio ignored the speech. According to a Beirut dispatch in the London Times, an Egyptian Government spokesman referred to the Eban speech as ‘proposals for surrender” and said that Egypt would negotiate only through the UN.

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