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U.N. Chief of Staff Meets with Premier Ben Gurion on Armistice in Palestine

United Nations Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. William Riley has met with Premier Ben Gurion, Walter Eytan and Reuven Shilcah of the Israeli Foreign Office and Yigal Yadin, Israeli Army Chief of Staff, it was announced here Last night. Shilcah and Yadin are the Israeli representatives empowered to discuss the Security Council Negev and armistice resolutions with Riley.

It is reported that Riley gave the Israelis an account of his earlier talks with Egyptian representatives in Gaza on armistice negotiations and on the release of some 1,200-2,000 Egyptian troops encircled by the Jews at Faluja, in the Negev. Riley is reported to have voiced “moderate optimism” concerning the Gaza meeting.

It is understood that Israel will not withdraw from any area which its Army has occupied. This, it is believed here, will be Israel’s position at discussions with the U.N. conciliation commission, established by the last U.N. General Assembly session, which are expected to begin early next year.