U.N. is Not “asleep” on Palestine Dispute, Hammarskjold Says

United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarkjold today denied that the United Nations was “asleep” in the Palestine dispute. However, he added that he knew of no developments of any significance in this issue.

Mr. Hammarskjold told a press conference that the UN Security Council was in an “extremely complicated situation.” Although it had not met for some time that did not mean say that nothing was going on, he stressed. He asserted that there were private discussions among the delegations.

He said that it was not much use to have a public meeting of the Council until some kind of an agreement satisfactory to most parties had been reached. Generally speaking, he averred that there was no change in the Palestine situation which “calls for any comments from me. “

Mr. Hammarskjold was asked about the Israel project for development of the Jordan River. He replied that as long as negotiations were going on the so called American Jordan Valley Plan it would only confuse the issue if other alternatives were brought into discussion. The Secretary General felt that it would be the duty of the UN to take responsibility for whatever plan was adopted for development of the Jordan.

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