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UNESCO Decides to Check on Egypt’s Use of Radar Offered As Gift

The executive board of the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization yesterday ordered Director General Luther H. Evans to make sure that Egypt’s request for radar equipment was in conformity with a resolution covering the use of such UNESCO gifts.

The original disclosure by Dr. Evans of plans to provide such a gift to Egypt for cultural purposes was sharply criticized by the press of England and France and by British and French delegates to UNESCO. The gift is intended for a secondary school at Port Said.

While some sources saw the board’s action as tacit approval of the radar equipment gift, a British delegate said he thought the size of the gift might have to be reduced in view of the publicity the proposal had received, as well as because of the obvious opposition of many members of the UNESCO board.