Syrian Spokesman Attacks U. N. Truce Chief; Says He Favors Israel

An official Syrian spokesman has launched a violent attack on Lt. Gen. William E. Riley, United Nations truce supervisor in Palestine, for allegedly favoring the Israelis, according to a Damascus Radio broadcast monitored here last night.

Gen. Riley is allowing the “Jews to do whatever they like,” the spokesman said. He charged the truce supervisor with refusing to carry out the U. N. Security Council resolution on restoration of peace in the Huleh area and blamed him for the present state of affairs in the demilitarized zone. Gen. Riley “will have to answer for the presence of Israeli troops there. Riley is responsible for the position of the Arab refugees, for every ruined Arab house, for every slaughtered Arab child,” the Syrian spokesman declared. “He does not stand by his responsibilities and in tentionally overlooks Zionist aggression. He is not doing his duty, ” the Syrian further alleged.

Insisting that the holding of mixed armistice commission meetings is “futile” because “Riley wants them to fail, ” the spokesman stated that the General had “pressured” Syria to withdraw its complaints against Israel and was pressing the refused to enter into further negotiations with Gen. Riley until the Security Council resolution on the Huleh is carried out.

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