Israeli Foreign Minister Aba Eban said in Jerusalem on Tuesday (30 May) that as a result of the recent U.
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EBAN: "All I can do now is to make reference to the communique which, of course, simply defines the established verbal common denominator that has existed between the two powers since the autumn of 1967; their adherence, although with different interpretations or different "arriere pensees" to the Security Council resolution, to which we and the Arab states also adhere, also with contradictory and differing interpretations and a desire to see the Jarring mission bear fruit. I also notice the declaration of an intention to use whatever possibility they find of advancing peace apart from placing hopes in the Jarring mission. As you know, there is one active initiative of that kind to which Israel has given its consent. Some months age we gave our consent to the proximity talks, destined to examine the possibility of a solution which would open the Suez Canal, with a certain, limited withdrawal from the Canal line and with other accompanying circumstances that were suggested. We've not been told anything about the definitive Egyptian reaction to that possibility. It seems to be that same implication of that possibility might exist in the joint dommunique."
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Background: Israeli Foreign Minister Aba Eban said in Jerusalem on Tuesday (30 May) that as a result of the recent U.S.-Soviet summit in Moscow it would new appear that both super powers support a negotiated settlement of the Middle East conflict.
Mr. Eban, speaking at a Foreign Press Association luncheon, said he was basing his assumption on the communique issued in Moscow at the end of President Nixon's meetings with Soviet leaders. He said he hoped to have more information on such a possibility following consultations between Israeli and American diplomats.
The Foreign Minister's remarks came on the fifth anniversary of the start of the last Arab-Israeli war. Since the conflict, he said, many external efforts have been made to reach a settlement in the area except for "direct" negotiations between the parties concerned.
Mr. Eban said the time was now ripe for the conflict to be "brought under a precess of dialogue and communion."
SYNOPSIS: At a press luncheon in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Aba Eban spoke of the possible effects of the recent Moscow summit on the chances of achieving a Middle East peace.