UNITED NATIONS, N. Y (Apr. 19)
The United Nations Security Council session on the Israel-Jordan cross-complaints of armistice agreement violations scheduled to be held today was postponed this morning by Andrei Vishinsky of the Soviet Union, who is president of the Council this month. The session will be held on Thursday.
The postponement, Mr. Vishinsky said, was due to the illness of Dr. Charles Malik, Lebanese member of the Security Council who speaks for the Arab states. A request by the Israel delegation that today’s session be postponed because it conflicted with the second day of Passover, was rejected several days ago by Mr. Vishinsky. The Israeli delegation then announced it would not be present at today’s session.
A report published in the New York press this week-end forecast the appointment of Dr. Ralph Bunche, former Palestine mediator, as Under Secretary General of the UN, with a probable first assignment of once again mediating the Arab-Israel conflict. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold refused to confirm or deny the report. It was indicated that the actual appointment of Dr. Bunche is not expected for several months yet. Dr. Bunche received the Nobel Prize for peace for his achievement of the Palestine armistice agreements.