Seek Further Security Council Action on Bat Galim Case

Members of the Israel delegation conferred today with the president and members of the Security Council on arrangements to continue Council consideration of Israel’s complaint against Egypt in the Bat Galim case.

The Council’s discussion of the Israel complaint was abruptly ended last night when Dr. Mahmoud Azmi, the Egyptian delegate, collapsed in the Council chamber and died later in the UN infirmary. The Council at the time was considering a proposal to call for a report from the Israel-Egypt Mixed Armistice Commission before the end of the month.

Abba S. Eban, head of the Israel delegation, voiced his delegation’s “profoundest sorrow” today at Dr. Azmi’s death. He said Dr. Azmi was considered “not only an able representative of his country, but also a man of integrity and ability.” He was also described as a “progressive” force among the leaders of the Arab bloc delegations.

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