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Javits Accuses USSR of Interrupting Telephone Communications Between American and Soviet Citizens

Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R.NY) has asked the State Department to make “proper representations” to the Soviet government regarding non-delivery of cables and interruptions of telephone communications by Americans to Soviet residents. In a letter to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger dated March 8 and made public today by the Senator’s office, Javits attached “a list” of 31 of more than 1000 “undelivered wires” and also a list of phone calls that “have recently not been consummated or have been consistently interrupted in mid-passage.”

Javits called Kissinger’s attention to the international telecommunications convention to which the United States and the USSR are both signatories that “specifically” obliges signatories to “undertake to inform one another of infringements” of the convention and its regulation. An aide to Javits told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he had been informed of the violations by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry.