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U.N. Chief Leaves for Middle East to Study Arab-israel Conciliation

United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold left by plane today for London and the Middle East to study the possibilities of an Arab-Israel peace and of long-term plans for improving conditions in the Middle Eastern countries. He will confer in London tomorrow with British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd, and with Egyptian Premier Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser on Saturday when he reaches Cairo.

Mr. Hammarskjold will reach Israel on Monday, January 23, and will spend two days there during which he will confer with Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. Prior to his departure, he indicated that he would suggest that economic aid which is now being offered to Middle Eastern countries by the United States on one side and by the Soviet Union on the other, should be channeled through the United Nations rather than in an “atmosphere of strife.”

Meanwhile, new moves were made today behind the scenes at the UN in an attempt to get a unanimous agreement on a resolution condemning Israel for its recent retaliatory raid on Syrian positions from which Israel fishing boats on Lake Tiberias were shelled and machine gunned. The UN Security Council will meet on Tuesday to resume debate on Syria’s complaint against Israel. Two resolutions are before the Council–one sponsored by the Soviet Union and the other presented jointly by Britain, the United States and France. Both resolutions favor condemnation of Israel, but the Soviet resolution also demands immediate payment by Israel of compensation to Syria for loss of lives and property. Delegates from Nationalist China, Peru and Cuba urged Israel Friday to make a “voluntary” offer of compensation to Syria.

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