The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, told newsmen his country's attitude over a number?
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A transcript of Mr. Eban's speech on Thursday (26 April) follows:
"Well, the French policy has been explained to us many times in the past few years. It is based on a distinction between states directly implicated in the 1967 conflict to which the principle of an embargo must apply and those which, according to France, are not directly implicated and are, therefore, free from such limitations. I must say that we never accepted that distinction so far as it operated in favour of military reinforcement of Libya. Any country whose attitude towards Israel is fanatical and virulent, and which plays a disruptive role, hostile to the international equilibrium in Africa, and indeed, every-where. But here I speak not of the policy of Israel, or whether we accept French policy or not, but French policy did establish this distinction. Israel has said that an aircraft in Tripoli is effectively at the disposition of Egypt in any case. Therefore, having received evidence, it is therefore incontestable about such a change of destination. What was our duty? Surely, we were obliged by the sheer principle of international courtesy, as well as by our duty of frankness to our own people about anything concerned with security. Surely, we wee obliged to draw attention to this new dimension in the Middle Eastern equilibrium. And that's all that we've done. The airports on which they landed is known and, above all, the pr??? pl??? in Egypt in which they are now to be found. Therefore, all that ??? has to do is to go to this place in Egypt and see them. Or, alternatively, assuming that France has supplied, as is reported, 60 aircraft to Libya. If they make an intensive ??? in ??? ???, they will find, ??? ???, but ??? or 42. All I will say about the approach of the Italian Government is that it's based on the principle of negotiation. It's based on the principle that the path to peace between Israel and Egypt must be taken step by step which, of course, that the Suez Canal is in the centre of the approach and its based on the idea that there will be great economic advantages accruing to
Egypt from opening the canal, indeed, to the region as a whole, and that perhaps Europe has a particular and specific role in that connection.
MR. ZBAN LISTENING TO NEWSMEN'S QUESTIONS, THEN ANSWERING.
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Background: The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, told newsmen his country's attitude over a number of French-built Mirage fighter aircraft, which Israel claims were supplied to Egypt by Libya.
Mr. Eban said Israel had drawn world attention to the matter because of the French embargo on arms supplies to all states that were directly involved in the 1967 Middle East War.
SYNOPSIS: At news conference in Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban elaborated on Israel's claim that Libya had supplied French-built Mirage fighters to Egypt....