Rusk Says America Cannot Impose ‘blueprint for Peace’ on Mideast
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Rusk Says America Cannot Impose ‘blueprint for Peace’ on Mideast

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Secretary of State Dean Rusk told the Lions Club International convention today that “there should be adequate recognition that three great religions have a deep interest in the holy places of Jerusalem.”

On the general Middle East question, Secretary Rusk said the United States could impose “no blueprint for peace” since “the primary responsibility rests upon those who live there and upon their governments.”

Mr. Rusk reiterated President Johnson’s five-point program for settlement of the crisis: A recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a nation; justice for the Arab refugees; free navigation through international waterways; an end to the arms race in the area; and respect for the political independence and territorial integrity of all the states of the area.

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