PARIS (Oct. 24)
Sen. Warren Austin, October president of the Security Council, tours called an emergency session of the Council for Tuesday morning following Egyptian complaints that Israel is continuing military operations in the Negev in violation of the U.N. cease-fire order. The decision to convoke the Council resulted from a recommendation by acting Palestine mediator Dr. Ralph Bunche who conferred over the week-end with the Egyptian delegation here.
(In Tel Aviv, a government spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency bureau that the Israeli Government has no knowledge of any fighting going on in the southern desert nor of any Egyptian ultimatum reportedly handed to the Jews.)
The decision to convene the Security Council followed closely on the heals of a Political Committee decision to postpone consideration of the Palestine problem until Oct. 30. The vote was 19 to 16, with 14 abstentions. The Polish delegate, immediately after the vote was cast, charged that the real reason for the new delay was that the U.S. Government refuses to became involved in the Palestine dispute until after the American Presidential elections on Nov. 2.
The Political Committee’s decision was reached following the introduction of an Iranian proposal which stated that at least a week would be needed to study the problem of admitting the Palestinian Arabs to the Committee’s discussions on an equal footing with the Israelis. The Israeli delegation issued a statement following the Political Committee’s decision to postpone consideration of the Palestine problem declaring that continued delay on the question proves that there is little United Nations support for the Bernadette recommendations. It was also announced that because of the continued delays on the Palestine problem, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sherlock expects to return to Israel immediately.