Hammarskjold Leaves for Lebanon; May Also Visit Israel

Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold may visit other Middle East capitals in addition to Beirut where he is going tonight to meet with his newly-named three-member observation group. (In Jerusalem, it was reported today that while in the Middle East, Mr. Hammarskjold would make a side trip to Jerusalem to confer with Premier Ben Gurion on the St. Scopus situation.)

At a special press conference here this morning preparatory to his departure, Mr. Hammarskjold said in answer to a question that he does “not exclude” visits to other Middle East capitals on this trip. “But I have every little time, ” he added, “and whether I go elsewhere will depend on developments. ” Mr. Hammarskjold stated six weeks ago that he was tentatively planning a visit to a number of Middle East capitals in June.

Leslie J. Carver, deputy director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Arab Refugees, was appointed today acting director of the agency.

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