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‘pravda’ Urges Security Council to Use Prestige to Make Israel Obey Its Decisions

August 21, 1968
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The Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda has called on the United Nations Security Council to “bring the full power of its prestige to bear in order to make Israel abide by the decisions taken.” The Pravda article, by Leonid Medvedko, hailed the Security Council’s Aug. 19 resolution condemning Israel for its Aug. 4 air attack on terrorist bases near the Jordanian village of Salt, but said that the resolution, while welcome, was “not enough.” The article was summarized in the “Review of the Soviet Press,” a compilation by Novosti, the official Soviet news agency, which was distributed here by the Soviet Mission to the UN.

The writer contended that the efforts of UN Secretary-General U Thant and the special peace envoy, Gunnar V. Jarring, to make Israel abide by Security Council decisions are “too little. All the countries on whose behalf their representatives voted in the Security Council to condemn the aggressor, must contribute as much effort,” he said. He claimed that “only the unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied Arab territories can pave the way for a political settlement in the Middle East” and added that “if Israel continues with its provocations against the Arab countries and goes on encroaching upon UN principles, the Security Council will have to bridle the overweening aggressor, who is sorely testing the patience of peace-loving nations.”

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