UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Aug. 20)
The United Nations Security Council session scheduled for tomorrow morning was postponed late tonight at the request of Selim Sarper, Turkish delegate to the U.N. The session will be held next Monday.
Mr. Sarper communicated with Warren Austin, Council president, late this afternoon and informed the American that he felt sure that there was another way of getting the Egyptian Government to lift its blockade of Israeli traffic at the Suez Canal than adoption of the three-power resolution. Mr. Sarper asked that the members of the Council be polled on a postponement. They agreed. The Council had been expected to adopt the tri-power resolution at tomorrow’s meeting.
Meanwhile, Palestine truce chief Gen. William E. Riley’s report on the Huleh situation was released here today. The Huleh drainage project has reached a critical point in that the next step is construction of a dam which the Arabs claim will interfere with the flow of water into their irrigation systems, Gen. Riley reported.
On August 7, he disclosed, he urged the Israel Government to stop the Palestine land Development Company from proceeding with further drainage work. At the same time, he said, the company had submitted a project which, it claimed, would be carried out without interfering with normal irrigation. “I am expecting further details on this project,” Gen. Riley informed U.N. headquarters.
The view here is that today’s report was an interim report and that Gen. Riley appears to prefer to continue direct negotiations, although no agreement has yet been reached between the parties.