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Riley Tells Security Council U.N. Bodies in Palestine Should Settle Arab Complaints

Gen. William E. Riley, United Nations Palestine truce chief, told the Security Council today that the events in Palestine that have led to the raising of complaints in the Council can and should be dealt with by the appropriate U.N. organs in the field. This view was brought forth under questioning by the Council president, Warren Austin of the United States.

At the same time, Gen. Riley declared in response to the Egyptian member’s question that lacking the good faith of both parties, the mined armistice commissions could impose no solution by force. Questioned about his communication to the Council in September concerning the expulsion of 7,000 Pedouins from Israel territory, Gen. Riley stressed that his figures on which that document was based came from the Bedouins themselves.

Ambassador Abba Eban challenged Jordan today to produce a map of Israel-Jordan border agreements that disputed the Israel claim to the territory it occupied aleng the Jordan River. Mr. Eban took the floor at the start of today’s Council session and repeated the Israel claim that the only Bedouins sent out to Israel were illicit infiltrees. Taking up the Jordan charge, Mr. Eban stressed that every map detailing the armistice agreement concerning the border showed the territory in question as belonging to Israel.

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