Ben Gurion Asks U.S. to Convoke Israel-egyptian Peace Conference

Israel intends to propose formally that the United Nations convoke a face-to-face conference between this country and Egypt, under terms of Article 12 of the Egypt-Israel armistice agreement, with a view to restoring peace between the two countries. Article 12 provides that the Secretary-General of the United Nations must call such a conference when he receives such a request from either of the parties to the armistice.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman announced tonight that a proposal for a conference under Article 12 was made a fortnight ago by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion to Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns, chief of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. Mr. Ben Gurion is reported to have told Gen. Burns that, since Israel accepted unconditionally the latest series of pacification proposals made by UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, while Egypt’s attitude was tantamount to a rejection, this country’s course demanded the request for such a conference.

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