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Scali Hewed to State Dep’t Line

A State Department source said today that John Scali, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, tried to “calibrate” his statement yesterday in the Security Council at the same level as that of the State Department’s declaration Saturday in which it deplored Israel’s “diversion” of a Lebanese airliner. The source said that Scali had “no intention to raise the decible rating at all.” In addition to deploring Israel’s action the State Department said Saturday that the action was a “violation of Lebanese sovereignty and the rule of law in international civil aviation.”