The Moscow correspondent of Kol Haam, the Israeli Communist daily, reported today that Soviet sources had emphasized to him that the Soviet Union believes all conflicts between states should be solved by peaceful means, and that this included “the Israeli-Arab conflict.”
Correspondent Mordecai Kaspi reported that the issue arose in connection with the Tri-Continental Solidarity Conference in Havana last week, which adopted a resolution condemning the Zionist movement and the existence of Israel “in the occupied part of Palestine.”
The resolution said Palestinian Arabs had the “right to liberate their country” and called for the severance of “all political relations with Israel, its economic and cultural institutions and its expulsion from international organizations.” The resolution also warned African and Asian nations against “Israeli technical and financial aid,” which was termed “a new disguise of United States imperialism and neo-colonialism.”
The correspondent said that “Soviet personalities” had informed him that the Soviet delegation to the Havana conference did not vote for the anti-Israel resolution. He quoted these sources as pointing out that the Soviet Union had diplomatic relations with Israel, that Israel had been established following a decision by the United Nations, of which it was a member and that Israel was an independent state.
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