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Report from Rep. Koch: White House Persists in Ban on Nixon Soviet Jewry Talks

The White House is persisting in its refusal to disclose details of President Nixon’s discussions on Soviet Jewry at the Moscow summit last month, it was reported today by Rep. Edward I. Koch (D.N.Y.). In a June 19 letter to Koch, who had asked for “the benefit of any information you could give,” deputy Presidential assistant Richard K. Cook wrote:

“In traveling to Russia, the President was fully aware of the deep concern in this country for the plight of minorities who are denied fundamental freedoms, and you may be assured that our steadfast commitment to the principles contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been made known to the Soviets.” He added: “As you know, the United States firmly supports the right of all people to emigrate, and this administration has consistently upheld that doctrine.” White House security advisor Dr. Henry A. Kissinger said in Kiev after the summit that Nixon had “mentioned” the subject.