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Security Council Delays Vote on Resolution Ordering Egypt to Lift Anti-israel Blockade

The United Nations Security Council today again postponed a vote on the three-power resolution calling upon Egypt to lift its blockade of the Suez Canal against Israel. The request to postpone the vote until Saturday was made by Soviet delegate Semyon Tsarapkin.

The Council first voted not to postpone its decision, but it later reversed its stand after the Soviet delegate said that perhaps there still was a possibility of an agreed solution, if all approaches were explored. He indicated that he may have “something concrete” to propose at Saturday’s meeting.

Egypt’s effort to have the Suez Canal case shifted to the International Court of Justice collapsed today when Egyptian delegate Mahmoud Fawzi Bey informed the Security Council “with deep regret” that there would be no point to his resolution while the five council members concerned in the issue insisted upon their right to vote in the Council on the question. The five members are the United States, Britain, France, The Netherlands and Turkey.

The Egyptian decision meant that Fawzi Bey had failed to get a Council sponsor for his move, which was to ask the court whether the five members having a special interest in the Canal issue should be permitted to vote on it.