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Eban Says Mideast Status Quo is Preferable to a Solution That Does Not Bring Peace

Foreign Minister Abba Eban said here today that Israel preferred the status quo in the Middle East to any solution that fell short of peace. Mr. Eban spoke at a press conference prior to departing for London. He had conferred here with the United Nations special Mideast envoy, Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring. Mr. Eban said he had invited Dr. Jarring to resume his peace-seeking mission.

Dr. Jarring’s mission, established by the Security Council in its resolution of Nov. 22, 1967, was suspended three months ago when Four Power talks on the Middle East began in New York under UN auspices. Mr. Eban said he thought the Four Power talks and the two power parley between the U.S. and Soviet Russia had reached a “dead end.”