Speaking notes from the Sub-Directorate for the Levant in the French Foreign Ministry on the issues surrounding the situation in the Middle East (Paris, 1 June 1970)

On 1 June 1970, the Sub-Directorate for the Levant in the French Foreign Ministry draws up speaking notes for the ministerial meeting of the Council of Western European Union (WEU) due to be held on 5 and 6 June 1970 in Bonn on the issues surrounding the Middle East crisis. It emphasises the worsening of tensions in the Middle East, particularly as a result of the gradual radicalisation of Palestinian resistance movements and the escalation in military action between Israel and its neighbours, fuelled by a potential increase in aid from Moscow to the Arab states. In a bid to find a solution to the conflict, France calls for a resumption of consultations between the four powers on the Security Council (the United States, the USSR, France and the United Kingdom); it believes that it is possible to reach a consensus on a peaceful settlement.

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Source: Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Direction des Affaires Politiques, Afrique-Levant. Sous-direction du Levant. Schéma d'intervention (Réunion du Conseil de l'UEO). A/s Situation au Moyen-Orient: Paris, le 1er juin 1970. 5 p.

Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Centre des Archives diplomatiques de Nantes. Archives rapatriées de l'ambassade de France à Londres. Série «Union de l'Europe occidentale (UEO)». 1953-1992 (2002). 378PO/UEO/1-389. Numéro 31. Cote UEO.1.2.Bonn. Réunion ministérielle 5 et 6 juin 1970. 1970-1974.

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