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Israel Protests to U.N. on Egyptian Confiscation of Mail

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Israel has taken its grievance against the United Arab Republic’s confiscation of mail to the United Nations, it was revealed today. In two separate actions, on August 21 and August 23, Egyptian authorities seized shipments from Australia to Israel, being carried through the Suez Canal on Norwegian vessels. The first shipment consisted of meteorological equipment, the second of eight sacks of parcel post.

This week-end, Yosef Tekoah, acting permanent representative of Israel here, accompanied by Arieh Eilan, a member of the Israel delegation, conferred here with Dr. Ralph Bunche. Undersecretary for Political Affairs, and Andrew W. Cordier, executive assistant to Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. The latter is now in South America on an official visit.

It was understood today that the conference between the Israelis and the two ranking members of the Secretariat concerned Israel’s continuing complaints against Egyptian refusal to abide by a 1951 Security Council resolution calling for freedom of all shipping through the Suez Canal. Particularly, it is understood, the Israelis pointed to the latest confiscations as additional proof of Egypt’s violations of UN resolutions, demanding the immediate return of the mail and scientific equipment.

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