Hammarskjold to Report Today on Arab-israel Border Situation
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Hammarskjold to Report Today on Arab-israel Border Situation

The possibility that the Security Council debate on the Suez Canal, which is to be resumed next Thursday or Friday, will in all likelihood develop into a general discussion on the Arab-Israel situation, was predicted here today as Israel was expecting a decision on her request to participate in the Council’s discussions.

Meanwhile, it was learned here today that UN Secretary General Dag Hammarksjold will submit a report to the Security Council tomorrow dealing with the Jordan-Israel situation, the situation along the Israel-Egypt demarcation line and other developments in the Palestine situation since he last reported to the Council in June.

Mr. Hammarskjold is expected to tell the Security Council in his report that he does not consider its mandate to him to seek a Middle East pacification terminated and that he considers the cease-fire agreements he negotiated last April to be still in force despite the incidents. The UN diplomat was said to feel strongly that, despite the bloody events of recent weeks, there is a genuine will to peace in the Middle East. If there were not he is said to argue, events there would already have resulted in war.

In conversations with diplomats of many nations, Mr. Hammarskjold is known to have stressed the indivisibility of the Palestine problem and to insist that it has to be looked at as a single entity, with its varied developments all part of one pattern rather than as a complex of different issues and problems.