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Security Council Debate Postponed for Two Days; Egypt Seen Launching Offensive to Change Resolution

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Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring was due to arrive here this afternoon for the Security Council debate on the Middle East to open Wednesday morning. The debate was originally due to start tomorrow but was postponed following the arrival in New York of Egyptian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed H. El-Zayyat who asked Security Council President Yakov Malik, of the Soviet Union, for additional time for consultation.

The JTA learned that Zayyat is going to consult with a number of Arab and pro-Arab foreign ministers who reportedly will attend the Security Council debate. The foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and those of Syria and Jordan are very likely to attend the debate, and their expected appearance here has already attracted a great deal of attention. Unconfirmed reports note that Zayyat is also to consult with the Foreign Ministers of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Chad.

Observers at the UN as well as reports from Cairo confirm that Egypt is ready to launch a major diplomatic campaign at the debate in an effort to force Israel’s withdrawal from the territories taken in the Six-Day War. Egypt seeks to have the Security Council go beyond mere condemnation of Israel. It wants the UN to take practical steps to break the deadlock in the Middle East a situation that already caused Egyptian President Anwar Sadat serious “troubles” at home.

Reports from Cairo indicate that Egypt will push for the implementation of Resolution 242 in the way she interprets it, that is, total withdrawal of Israeli forces from all occupied territories. Israeli rejects this interpretation of Resolution 242. The Resolution calls for withdrawal “from territories,” not all territories.

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