COPENHAGEN (Jul. 5)
A report from Cairo that the Danish freighter Inge Toft, which has been detained by the Egyptian authorities since May 21 for carrying Israeli cargo, would surrender the cargo to Egypt and return to Haifa was denied in shipping circles here today.
The report was published in Nasser’s newspaper Al Ahram, in Cairo, as allegedly coming from the Copenhagen correspondent of that paper. It was established here that the Cairo newspaper has no correspondent here, and it is assumed that the report was “manufactured” in Cairo to indicate that United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold failed in his talks with Nasser to permit the passage of the Inge Toft through the Suez Canal. Mr. Hammarskjold left Cairo on Friday by plane for Switzerland.
(The New York Times today reported from Cairo that in the last few days there had been speculation among diplomats there that the Inge Toft affair might be decided by letting her return to Haifa with her cargo in a compromise that would let Israel get her cargo back, giving Nasser at the same time the satisfaction of not permitting the ship to pass the Suez with Israel cargo. However, yesterday it became clear that the Egyptian authorities are determined to confiscate the cargo under all circumstances.)