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Israel Complains to U. N. Against Syria’s Massing Troops on Border

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The Israel Foreign Ministry made strong representations today against Syria’s continuous arming, massing of troops along the border and official aggressive pronouncements against Israel. The representations were contained in a note to Col. Byron V. Leary, Acting Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine. The diplomatic representatives here of the United States, Britain and France were also notified of the Israeli view.

Joseph Tekoa, head of the Foreign Ministry’s armistice affairs department, who handed Col, Leary the note also called for anurgent investigation of the threatening attitude of Syria’s Premier, and the press and radio following the recent spate of border incidents. Mr. Tekoah requested an unquivocal reply from Syria on whether it still feels itself bound by Article I of the Armistice Agreement. Simultaneously, the Foreign Ministry filed a complaint against Syria’s aggressive behaviour with the Mixed Armistice Commission.

Tomorrow, it was learned here, Israel’s representations will be extended to other missions located in this country. This was Col. Leary’s fifth visit here at the request of the Foreign Ministry in the past two months.

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