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Cairo Reports Israel, Egypt Acceptance of Resolution; UN Declines Comment

May 16, 1968
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An official United Nations spokesman declined today to comment on a press report from Cairo that U.N. Middle East peace envoy Gunnar V. Jarring had officially notified Secretary-General U Thant that Egypt and Israel had “indicated” to him “acceptance of the Security Council resolution of Nov. 22” and their “intent to devise (an) arrangement under my auspices for the implementation of the resolution.’ Israeli sources here pointed out that Dr. Jarring’s last visit to Jerusalem to consult with the Israeli Foreign Ministry officials had taken place before he paid his last visit to Cairo.

The U.N. spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the press dispatch from Cairo which said that Dr. Jarring had reported to Mr. Thant May 9 from Cairo: “In view of the urgency of the situation and in view of the need of expediting efforts to reach a settlement, I shall meet with representatives of Israel and the United Arab Republic in New York for conferences within the framework of the resolution.”

According to the Cairo dispatch today, the Jarring letter reportedly assured Mr. Thant that both the governments of Israel and Egypt have “responded” to his proposal. The Cairo story added that a Cairo Government spokesman claimed today that, while Egypt has accepted the Jarring plan, “Israel has not done so in writing.”

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