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Dulles Urges Action by Israel and Egypt to Ease Gaza Friction

Secretary of State John Foster Dulles told a press conference today that he believes that action should be taken by both Israel and Egypt to bring about abatement of tension in the Gaza vicinity.

The Secretary was asked to comment on recent Gaza friction and Egypt’s refusal to accept a United Nations invitation to discuss the situation with Israel. He replied that the United States has been following the Gaza situation very closely and added that action should be taken by both sides to remedy the situation. He said he had the impression that the position taken by Egypt was not quite as negative as the question put to him indicated.

(The British Government has been is contact with Washington and Paris over the current Israel-Egyptian crisis about the Gaza strip situation, a Foreign Office spokesman declared today in London. He said that Britain had urged moderation on both sides.)

Israel circles here declared today that the recent developments in the Gaza area fully justified “international concern.” Ambassador Abba S. Eban announced that he was forwarding to Jerusalem a copy of the statement issued at the United Nations today by Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., head of the United States delegation to the UN and this month’s president of the UN Security Council.

The Israel circles pointed out that the “Egyptian failure to respond to the proposal made by Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns, UN truce chief in Palestine, for a meeting to pacify the Gaza frontier fully justifies international concern, especially after the recent mining of roads and the attack on Israel patrols by Egyptian forces from Gaza.”

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