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State Dept, Says Unresolution on Jerusalem Would Serve No ‘useful Purpose’

A resolution expected to be brought before the United Nations Security Council by 40 Moslem nations denouncing Israel’s position on a unified Jerusalem was criticized by the State Department today “We do not believe that the debate is warranted by developments on the ground or that it is likely to serve a useful purpose,” Department spokesman Thomas Reston said.

Recalling Secretary of State Edmund Muskie’s remarks three weeks ago, Reston said “we believe there should be future negotiations to determine the final status of that city. In absence of such negotiations, we do not believe the issue can be resolved by the Security Council. We approach the prospect of a debate and a vote on a resolution with those considerations in mind.” Reston, however, declined to forecast whether the U.S. would obtain or veto such a resolution.