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Security Council Meetings on “palestine Question” Dropped in 1957

The number of meetings of the United Nations Security Council on the “Palestine question” dropped from 21 in 1956 to only six in 1957, according to figures compiled yesterday.

The data indicated that the 1957 total was the lowest number of meetings on this issue in recent years, although it was also noted that when the Security Council became deadlocked on the Suez Canal and Palestine issues in October, 1958, these problems went to the General Assembly first in a special emergency session and then in the regular 11th annual session. The two issues occupied the General Assembly almost continuously for four months.

A reshuffle of Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s” “cabinet,” reassigning some of his undersecretaries and accepting the resignation of others, was reportedly in the works here today for implementation early in 1958. Among the posts to be shuffled are some of importance to Israeli and Middle East policies. Undersecretary Ralph Bunche, who has been the mainspring behind the United Nations Emergency Force at the top level of the Secretariat, is presumably slated to give up that post and to be assigned to the top position in charge of Trusteeship Affairs.

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