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Johnson Says in State of Union Message That UN Must Be Chief Peace Instrumentality

President Johnson said today in his last State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress that the quest for peace in the Middle East must go on with the United Nations Security Council as the instrumentality. The President said that for the future, the search for peace required that “we seek areas of agreement with the Soviet Union where the interests of both nations, and of world peace, are served.”

Mr. Johnson said, “The quest for stable peace in the Middle East goes on in many capitals. We fully support the unanimous resolution of the UN Security Council (of Nov. 22, 1967) which points the way. There must be a settlement of the armed hostility that exists in the region today. It is a threat not only to Israel and the Arab states, but to the entire world.”