UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Sep. 5)
Syria, as well as Egypt, has received iron Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold an inquiry on behalf of Israel as to whether it is willing to renounce the “right of aggression” against Israel. Like the Cairo Government, Damascus has never replied to Mr. Hammarskjold on this point.
This information was revealed here today by Mr. Hammarskjold at a press conference in answer to a question whether Egypt ever replied to Israel’s request that it renounce the “right of belligerence”–a request made by Israel a number of times last year in the General Assembly and at meetings with Mr. Hammarskjold.
On the other hand, Mr. Hammarskjold reiterated today a statement he made yesterday in his introduction to the annual report of the General Assembly that there is in the Middle East a “will to peace.” He said he learned of that desire for peace in his talks with leaders of Middle East governments with whom he has had personal contact.