GENEVA, (May. 10)
United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold met for six hours yesterday with Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Republic, apparently discussing Israel’s grievance against UAR confiscation of Israel-originated cargoes passing through the Suez Canal in non Israeli ships. The meeting was held at Lausanne.
Meanwhile, the issue of UAR actions against Israel in the Suez Canal seems to be unsolved. There was word that the UAR will permit an Israeli ship to pass through the Canal on May 15, when a Danish vessel is scheduled to attempt the Canal passage with a cargo of Israeli cement. But UAR authorities are reported to have told the United Nations that permission for this ship’s passage is not to be considered as a precedent.
One thing is certain, as far as Israel’s Suez grievance is concerned. Dr. Ralph Bunche, UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs, who visited both Cairo and Jerusalem recently, achieved no concrete results. Mr. Hammarskjold himself said so at a press conference here, although the UN Chief credited Dr. Bunche with having made “useful contacts” on his Middle Eastern tour.