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Israel Delegation at U.N. Backs Hammarskjold on Action in Congo

Israel today announced full support of Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s actions in the Congo, and voted in favor of a resolution sponsored by the United States and Britain backing the Secretary General’s “vigorous efforts” in the Republic of the Congo. The resolution sponsored by the Washington and London representatives, however, was not adopted–Just as another resolution, sponsored by Afro-Asian and Arab states, also failed to pass.

Speaking in the long, drawn-out debate on the Congo problem, Ambassador Michael S. Comay, chairman of the Israel delegation, told a plenary session of the General Assembly that the first necessity here is that “we must support the United Nations.” He told the representatives of the 99 nations:

“I do not think it matters at this moment whether we fully agree with everything that has been done by the Secretary General and his representatives on the spot. What matters is that it is the United Nations and only the United Nations, which can still hope to bring the situation under control.”

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