U.n.secretary General Optimistic on Gaza Pacification Efforts

Despite the fact that Egypt has walked out on the Gaza talks undertaken by the United Nations in an effort to ease tensions between Israel and Egypt, Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold declared at a press conference today that he sees “no reason” why he should “abandon hope that our effort to find a solution to the problems with which the talks are concerned will finally prove successful”

Mr. Hammarskjold declared, “I remain personally in touch with developments in this matter” He said he is continuing to have “close contact” in regard to the Gaza pacification efforts with Israel, with Egypt and with Maj. Gen E.L.M. Burns, chief of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, Explaining his optimism, Mr.Hammarskjold said. “I am not talking in a void I have a sound basis for my refusal to abandon hope that the talks will finally prove successful. To every extent possible, we shall assist toward bringing these talks back to the rails. Our first and foremost duty is to be helpful to both sides.”

The Secretary General asserted that by “successful” outcome of the Gaza talks he means “success as achieved by results in the field, and not in documents.”

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