Common Market foreign ministers Thursday night (13 May) agreed on a common approach to a settlement of the Middle East problem.
Common Market foreign ministers Thursday night (13 May) agreed on a common approach to a settlement of the Middle East problem. The agreement, reached at a four hour meeting in Paris, is the first reached by the six members in consultations aimed at harmonising their foreign policies.
The agreement was reached, despite pressure from Israel against such a stand. Observers believe that Israel fears that any common stand to which France agreed would not be favourable to her, According to informed sources, the proposal which the ministers approved included measures on four main points: 1). The status of Jerusalem, 2), The creation of a demilitarised zone, 3). Freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aqaba, 4). The Palestine refugee question.
The foreign ministers came to Paris from Brussels, following an overnight marathon session of British entry negotiations that achieved some major breakthroughs.
SYNOPSIS: Following an overnight marathon session of British entry negotiations in Brussels, the Common Market foreign ministers went to Paris on Thursday for a meeting on the Middle East problem. This meeting on the Middle East problem. This meeting is part of a framework of consultations aimed at harmonising the foreign policies of the six member nations.
Concerning the Middle East problem, informed sources said that Israel recently told the six that she felt that any joint agreement among them on the Middle East might not be a good thing. Thursday's four hour meeting, however, did result in approval of a common approach to the Middle East problem.
According to informed sources, the proposal included measures of four main points: The status of Jerusalem, The creation of a demilitarised zone, Freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Palestine refugee question.
After the session, French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann who chaired the talks, read a joint text agreed by the ministers. He said the six had agreed on the first report from the experts on the Middle East, but he did not spell the contents of the report.