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Yost Objects to UN Circulation of Soviet Charges America Intervened in Lebanon

Ambassador Charles Yost, the United States representative to the United Nations, objected strongly yesterday to a Soviet request that its charges that the US sought to intervene in Lebanon be circulated as a Security Council document. The charges were contained in a statement issued by Tass, the official Soviet news agency, on Oct. 25. Mr. Yost, who is this month’s president of the Security Council, stated in a letter in effect addressed to himself that Soviet allegations about U.S. policy in the Middle East were untrue and “do not contribute to the goal of a just and lasting peace.” The letter was in response to one addressed to the Security Council president by Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik asking that the Tass document be circulated.

Tass objected to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut several weeks ago saying that “on the pretext of expressing concern for the safeguarding of the independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon” the U.S. claimed the right to intervene in Lebanese affairs.

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