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Israel Seeks Full Information on Hammarskjold’s Talks with Arabs

Israel considers herself entitled not only to receive full information on the ways UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold is implementing the UN General Assembly’s resolution on Jordan and Lebanon, but also that her opinion in these matters be taken into full consideration, it was stated here today in high Israeli circles.

While Israel is closely concerned with Mr. Hammarskjold’s specific efforts for preserving Jordan and Lebanese independence, Israel’s main interest seems to be in steps aimed at implementing the universal aspects of the joint Arab resolution concerning respect for the independence of all nations and non-interference in internal affairs. It is believed that these points will be raised when Mr. Hammarskjold arrives for brief talks in Jerusalem, probably after his return from the second international atoms-for-peace conference in Geneva which gets underway today.

Observers expect Israel will raise with the Secretary General questions of Egyptian belligerency. Many months ago, Israel officially requested Mr. Hammarskjold to demand of Egypt whether she still considers herself to be in a state of war with Israel–something contrary to the United Nations Charter. Mr. Hammarskjold transmitted the query to Cairo, but never received a reply. Israel is likely to renew its demand for an answer from Egypt.

Israel is also likely to inquire of Mr. Hammarskjold what measures are planned to prevent the Arab League’s further use as an instrument of hostility toward Israel and the West. Regarding Jordan and Lebanon, it was stated, Israel expects that the Secretary General will engage in “realistic actions not in fictitious solutions” behind which President Nasser could quietly take over the two countries.

(A report by the United Nations correspondent of the New York Times said this weekend that Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, the United Arab Republic’s Foreign Minister, suggested to Mr. Hammarskjold and representatives of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union that the big powers join the Arab states and Israel in a declaration pledging to observe the principles of non-aggression and non-intervention in the area. However, Dr Fawzi apparently decided not to press his suggestion at the recent emergency session of the UN General Assembly after other Arab delegates criticized the inclusion of Israel in the declaration’s framework.)

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