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Israel to Make New Protest to United Nations on Egyptian Blockade

The Israel Government has instructed its delegation at the United Nations to submit a complaint to the Security Council without delay against the Egyptian blockade of vessels carrying cargo bound for Israel ports, Premier and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett announced in Parliament today.

Mr. Sharett reveiwed the course of Israel’s complaints against the Egyptian blockade and the Security Council resolution of 1951 which called on Egypt to desist from interference with Israel-bound shipping. He said that in view of the mounting gravity of the situation in recent weeks, the Government had decided to submit a new complaint to the Security Council immediately after discussion of the Jordan River development project. Instructions have been sent to the Israel delegation at the United Nations, he said, to submit the complaint without delay.

(The Israel delegation to the United Nations disclosed today that, in compliance with instructions from Jerusalem, Ambassador Abba S. Eban will ask the President of the Security Council to inscribe on its agenda the question of Egyptian violation of the Security Council resolution of September 1951, and continuation of its illegal blockade practices in violation of the armistice agreement.

(Mr. Eban said a memorandum outlining formal basis for the new complaint and detailing Egyptian violations will be submitted to the Security Council on Friday. Informed circles at the United Nations, however, saw little possibility of Security Council action before a week or more. On February 1, Lesli Munro, of New Zealand, will replace Dr. Charles Malik of The Lebanon as President of the Security Council.)

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