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Lord Caradon: Ussr, Security Council Allies, Mainly Responsible for Six-day War

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Lord Caradon, the former British Ambassador to the United Nations, charged today that chief responsibility for the 1967 Arab-Israeli war rested with the Soviet Union and those other members of the Security Council who abetted Moscow and thereby hampered Council efforts to avert the war. According to Lord Caradon, the Six-Day War was a war that nobody wanted and should never have happened except for “unforgivable delay” and “miscalculation.” Lord Caradon headed the British UN delegation under the late Labor Government and was Britain’s representative at the Four Power Mideast talks in New York. He stated his opinions on the Mideast conflict in the first of three articles published in the Sunday Times. According to the British diplomat, a peaceful end to the Mideast conflict will eventually come about through implementation of the Security Council’s Nov 22, 1967 resolution. “The question remains whether it can be achieved in peace or only after terrible bloodshed,” he wrote. Lord Caradon believes that the Soviet and American positions have moved closer. He said “The Russians are more ready to say what they mean by peace and the Americans are more ready to urge the need for withdrawal (by Israel) in accordance with the November resolution.” Lord Caradon maintained that a just solution could come about only through action by a third party.

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