LONDON (Oct. 31)
“Deep suspicions” on both sides in the Middle East conflict were held responsible by British Foreign Minister Michael Stewart today for the “slow and disappointing” lack of progress in reaching a peace settlement. Mr. Stewart, speaking in a House of Commons debate, said he did not think suspicions of either side were Justified.
He said the Arabs’ suspicion was “that the Israelis had no intention of withdrawing from the territories they held” while the Israelis feared “that whatever she did, her Arab neighbors would never allow her to live in peace.” He said that Britain’s objective has been to urge both sides to the courses of action which could help remove suspicions without exposing them to unnecessary or unacceptable risks. Mr. Stewart said he believed a solution of the Middle East problem could be found through the United Nations Security Council’s resolution of Nov. 22, 1967.