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U.S. Discourages Speculation That It is Involved in Jarring Mideast Visit

The State Department continued today to discourage speculation it might be involved in the current visit to Middle Eastern capitals by Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring. Department spokesman Charles Bray said: “We have not been privy to details of Ambassador Jarring’s visit to Cairo nor of the intentions of his visits to Amman and Jerusalem.”

Pressed by newsmen, Bray said American officials and Dr. Jarring have kept each other generally informed on what each side was accomplishing but have never had day-to-day consultations. The spokesman stressed that Dr. Jarring represents the UN Secretary General and that his mandate “flows” from Security Council Resolution 242.

Bray also implied that the special envoy was not under instructions from the major powers, as they are concerned with guarantees and other problems that will require solutions after the success of the Jarring mission. Bray added that it was his “understanding” that Dr. Jarring did not meet in Cairo with Joseph N. Greene, the new US representative there.

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