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Goodell Favors U.s.-soviet Police Force in Canal Zone Because UN Not Reliable

Sen. Charles Goodell said today that he thought a mixed United States-Soviet force to police the cease-fire in the Suez Canal zone would be “very helpful” because the United Nations force is “something no one can rely one.” The New York Republic appeared on the NBC television program, “Searchlight.” He did not think that Big Four policing would work on the Israel-Jordan frontier under present conditions because no cease-fire exists there. But, he said, the idea of such a force in the Suez area was gaining ground in the Senate. It has been endorsed already by Senators Alan Cranston, of California and Harold E. Hughes, of Iowa, both Democrats. The plan is not to be confused with one tentatively suggested by the White House last week for a U.S.-Soviet joint force to guarantee the implementation of any peace agreement that might be reached between Israel and its Arab neighbors. A joint U.S.-Russian cease-fire patrol was suggested last week by Sen. J. William Fulbright, of Arkansas, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Goodell said he was opposed to Sen. Fulbright’s other suggestion, that a peace settlement be imposed on the conflicting parties in the Mideast, “It won’t work, the parties must agree,” Sen. Goodell declared. He said it would not be fair to Israel to extend the cease-fire beyond its 90-day tenure “without offering Israel guarantees for her protection against violations.”

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