WASHINGTON (Jan. 5)
The State Department declared today that it still stands behind Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 as the “only basis for peace negotiations” in the Middle East and will veto any resolution that is not helpful to peace.
Asked by reporters about the American policy for the Security Council’s debate on the Middle East scheduled for Jan. 12. Department spokesman Robert Funseth said: “We continue to believe that 242 and 338 are the only basis for peace negotiations. We are prepared to veto any resolution that is not helpful to peace in the Middle East.” The Israel Cabinet demanded yesterday that the U.S. veto any changes in the two resolutions. The State Department said today that the U.S. Ambassadors to Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Israel will participate in the talks in Washington this week dealing with the upcoming Security Council debate.
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon left Ben Gurion Airport today for the U.S. where he will meet in Washington with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger for a discussion of a common U.S.-Israeli position at the Security Council debate. Before going to Washington Allon will meet in New York tomorrow with Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Chaim Herzog. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will host a dinner for Allon at the State Department Wednesday night and Allon will host a dinner for Kissinger Thursday night at the home of Israeli Ambassador Simcha Dinitz.