Britain, France Protest Granting by UNESCO of Radar to Egypt

The executive board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization today considered British and French complaints about a UNESCO gift of radar equipment to Egypt.

British and French delegates to the board demanded an investigation of the gift revealed in the semi-annual report by Dr. Luther H. Evans, director-general of UNESCO. Dr. Evans, in reporting on the gift, said UNESCO had been given assurances by Egypt that the radar equipment would be used in merchant naval training and not for military purposes.

(Newspapers in London joined in severe condemnation of the plan, the Daily Express, for example, calling it “UNESCO’s latest outrage.” The Daily Telegraph declared that Egyptian assurances about non-military uses of the radar “may have satisfied Evans but they will not satisfy everyone else.”)

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