European Community Leaders Call for International Peace Conference

The European Community resolved Tuesday to work for a United Nations-sponsored international peace conference to resolve the Middle East conflict.

That policy statement was issued by the heads of state and government of the 12 E.C. member-states on the second day of their summit meeting here. It was drafted by the E.C. foreign ministers.

The statement declares that “the status quo in the occupied territories cannot be sustained.” apparently a reference to the Palestinian uprising against Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The 12 nations pledged to continue to work “on the basis of their established positions … toward the early convening, under United Nations auspices, of an international conference, which is the suitable framework for the necessary negotiations between the parties directly concerned, and is essential to bring about a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region.

“The 12 will support all initiatives to this end,” the communique said.

The forum at which the statement was issued was the periodic gathering of European leaders to consider collective positions on international problems.

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