U. N. Secretary General Refuses to Discuss Syrian-israel Situation

United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, addressing a press conference here today, made it clear that he does. not want to comment on the current Israel-Syrian border situation. He also refused to comment on the likelihood of the UN Emergency Force being withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, declaring that this is a question for the General Assembly to consider.

With regard to the Akaba Gulf situation he said that Israel seems, to be well satisfied with the situation in the Strait of Tiran, the entrance to the Gulf of Akaba. “We have not received any complaints thus far from Israel in reference to this matter,” Mr. Hammarskjold said.

The UN chief revealed that he had not yet received a reply from “certain Middle Eastern states” to his query of last April–asked at Israel’s insistence–whether Egypt still insisted on its rights of belligerency against the Jewish State. He indicated, however, that he has not despaired of a reply.

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