UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (May. 21)
Henry Cabot Lodge, chairman of the United States delegation at the United Nations, repeated to the Security Council here today a statement he made a month ago to the effect that the American Government views the Suez Canal situation “on the assumption that there will be in fact free and non-discriminatory use of the canal by ships of all nations.”
Israel pointed to that statement when it was first made April 26 as a significant stand on behalf of the United States in support of Israel’s insistence on using the canal freely.
Mr. Lodge, asserting that Egypt’s declaration on operation of the canal, filed unilaterally here April 24, must be considered a “provisional” plan. He made one other point considered important by Israel when he declared that the United States wants to be sure that Egypt will “insulate” operation of the canal from political considerations.