UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 29)
Israel’s attack against Egyptian commando bases in the Sinai peninsula brought sharp repercussions here today. For a time it appeared this afternoon that an emergency meeting of the Security Council might be summoned within a few hours. A lengthy conference on the reports coming from the Middle East, many of them of a conflicting nature, was held by Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold and the heads of the Western Big Three delegations–Henry Cabot Lodge of the United States, Sir Pierson Dixon of Britain and Bernard Cornut-Gentille of France.
After the meeting, M. Cornut-Gentille, as this month’s president of the Security Council, issued the following statement: “The new developments on the Egyptian-Israel demarcation lines could clearly be brought up at the Council meeting fixed for tomorrow. The president is consulting members of the Council and the Secretary General on the subject. He is also awaiting further information.”
It was understood that efforts had already been made to contact Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, chief of the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, and hopes were expressed in high diplomatic circles here that at least a preliminary report on the latest developments might be received from Gen. Burns by the time the Council convenes tomorrow afternoon.