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Ben Gurion Says Egypt Did Not Accept Hammarskjold’s Plans on Gaza

Egyptian Premier Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser only accepted UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s proposals dealing with the Nitzana-El Auja area, and not proposals concerning the Gaza strip. Premier David Ben Gurion told the Israel Parliament yesterday. He added that Col. Nasser had added several-conditions to his acceptance.

Mr. Ben Gurion’s remarks were in reply to a query by Mapai deputy Akiba Govrin whether daily Egyptian shooting across the Gaza strip frontier did not constitute a violation of Col. Nasser’s agreement with Mr. Hammarskjold. Mr. Ben Gurion noted that the two areas were unrelated as far as the Egyptian acceptance of UN proposals was concerned. he reported that Mr. Hammarskjold on this latest occasion and Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, UN truce chief, had requested Col. Nasser to issue a cease-fire order in the Gaza area, but that the Egyptian Premier had refused.

Meanwhile, UN truce headquarters here announced that Syria had agreed to participate in negotiations designed by Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, UN truce supervisor, to reduce tension along the Israel Syrian border, UN headquarters, however, refused to comment on such details as the time and place of the talks and whether Syria had agreed to an exchange of prisoners with Israel. Gen Burns is expected to leave for Damascus today to continue preparations for the talks. Truce headquarters revealed that it expects the marking of the border between Israel and Egypt in the Nitzana-El Auja are to begin Thursday.

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