Javits Questions Jarring’s Peace-making Capabilities; Favors International Policing

Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring’s capabilities as a Middle East peacemaker were questioned today by Sen. Jacob K. Javits. The New York Republican, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on the CBS television program, “Face the Nation.” Asked if he was optimistic or pessimistic over chances for peace in the Mideast now that negotiations are to be initiated under Dr. Jarring’s auspices. Sen. Javits replied that he was “realistic.” He added, “Jarring’s history doesn’t indicate that he has that decisive charisma that is settlement-producing.” Sen. Javits did not refer specifically to the tenure of the cease-fire today when he told his television interviewers that there was the possibility of establishing an international police force in the Sinal “with many components.” including the two superpowers, the United States and Soviet Russia. Mr. Javits said such a plan has “been abroad, it’s been discussed.” He said it was necessary to have a force “with some muscle” which “will not disappear when Nasser says, ‘Go.’” He referred to the withdrawal of UN peace force by Secretary General Thant at the request of President Nasser, in May 1967, an act that many believe precipitated the Six-Day War. Sen. Javits criticized “Mr. Thant and others who flee at the first breath.” He said, however, that he believed the new cease-fire was “genuinely…a good faith effort.”

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