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U.N. Security Council Postpones Discussion of Israel’s Complaint Against Egypt

Acting on the request of the American delegation at the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council has decided to postpone until Thursday resumption of the debate on Israelis complaint against Egypt’s blockade of the Suez Canal. The debate was originally scheduled to be resumed on Tuesday.

American sources here today said that the request for postponement was motivated by the necessity to allow more tine for consultations with the hope that Egypt may in the meantime modify its attitude on the blockade. Other sources believe that the delay was called on account of the continued difficulties which the United States is having in preparing a resolution which could settle the dispute without antagonizing the Egyptians.

(From Washington it was reported today that Jacob Blaustein, president of the American Jewish Committee, conferred with Assistant Secretary of State George C. McGhee regarding the Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal.)

Up to the time of the announcement of the postponement, there was a strong belief here that the United States was moving from a tendency to support a mediation proposal towards a policy of more immediate action, and the question appeared to be how strong and insistent the Americans wanted the Security Council resolution to be.

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