Tension on Syrian-israel Border Continues; Moscow Influence Seen

Tension on the Syrian-Israel border continued today, provoking concern at the United Nations that there is a plot between Syria and Egypt, stimulated by Moscow, to prevent action at the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly to bring about a better understanding not only for the solution of the Arab refugee problem but also for the need of an Arab-Israel peace settlement.

Andrew Cordier, executive assistant to UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, was known here today to be watching developments pertaining to Syrian-Israel border situation with utmost attention. He was visited this evening by Mordecai Kidron, acting head of the Israel delegation during Ambassador Abba Eban’s vacation, who asked Mr. Cordier for measures to prevent further Syrian provocation on the Israel border. A 15-minute machine-gunning by Syrians of Israel border settlements was reported today following the 10-hour border skirmish Tuesday. The Israel diplomat reportedly declared that Israel takes a serious view of the situation.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Lincoln White said today the United States takes “a very dim view” of Israeli-Arab border incidents which increase tensions in the Middle East. He said this when asked about U.S. efforts to minimize the current Syrian-Israel friction.

(Israel Foreign Minister Golda Meir cut her stay in France short today and returned to Jerusalem because of the current situation along the Israel-Syrian frontier. Meanwhile, Joseph Tekoah, head of Israel’s Foreign Ministry’s armistice affairs division, conferred today with Col. Byron V. Leary, Acting Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, on matters concerning Israel’s armistice pacts with Syria and Jordan. It is assumed that the two men discussed Tuesday’s 10-hour battle along the Israel-Syrian border and the general situation in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria.)

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