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Importance of U.N. Forces on Israel-egyptian Borders Stressed

Secretary General U Thant told the General Assembly here today, in presenting the 1964 budget for the U.N. Emergency Force that “UNEF continues effectively to serve as the stabilizing influence in maintains peace in the Gaza-Sinai area of operations.”

Mr. Thant presented a budget calling for UNEF maintenance expenditures for 1964 totaling $18,954, 300, which is $5, 700 less than the 1963 budget. In spite of reports that Mr. Thant is considering the possibility of reducing the strength of UNEF, there is no such indication in his proposed budget. He reported that UNEF’s strength consists of 5,149 men.

The financing of UNEF is one of the items of contention in the general problem of United Nations financing, since the Soviet Union and a number of other members have refused consistently to pay their special UNEF assessments. “The force,” Mr. Thant informed the Assembly, “has continued its peace-keeping so effectively that there have been no serious incidents during the past year. This underscores the continuing need for its mission of policing and acting as a buffer along the long line.”

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