Israel Withdraws Resolution on Suez Canal Ban; U.S. Asks Local Settlement of Issues

Abba Eban, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, last night withdrew his resolution before the Security Council demanding that Egypt end its Suez Canal blockade of Israel vessels and Israel-bound goods. The withdrawal followed the introduction of a three-power resolution calling on Israel, Egypt and Jordan to settle their charges and countercharges through the media of the mixed armistice commissions.

The resolution, introduced by Warren Austin of the United States and consurved by Britain and France, also expressed the hope that the countries involved will carry out that section of the Israel-Jordan armistice pact which deals with the guarantesing of free access to a number of places and roads in the Jerusalem area including Mt. Scopus. It also instructed Brig. Gen. William Riley, U.N. armistice chief, to control the movement of momadic Arab tribes across the various borders and armistice lines and took note of Israel’s pledge to evacuate the disputed Beir Katar area. Gen. Riley was asked to report back to the Security Council within 90 days.

During the debate yesterday the British representative on the Council stressed his government’s concern over Egyptian restrictions of shipping through the Suez Canal and the consequent shutting of the British-owned Haifa oil refinery. He added, however, that his delegation would like to wait and study the results of a study of the matter by a special Egyptian-Israel commission before going into the substance of the matter.

Israel voted with the majority today to continue the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans, but its representative on the Political Committee–?idean Raphael–criticized UNSCOB’s report to the General Assembly, questioning whether the maintenance of charges against Greece’s northern neighbors was fully justified at the present time and conducive to the creation of a climate of conciliation and conference. Israel voted against a Soviet resolution calling for the dissolution of UNSCOB.

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