WASHINGTON (May. 11)
State Department officials declined to comment on Soviet Premier Khrushchev’s statements in Cairo against Israel’s irrigation project. Officials pointed out that comments, if any, would have to wait until the Department receives the full text of Khrushchev’s statement and has a chance to analyze it.
Meanwhile, it became known here that the United States expects the United Nations to continue its emergency force in Gaza throughout 1965. This was told by Assistant Secretary of State Harlan Cleveland to the House Foreign Affairs Committee which released his testimony today.
The Assistant Secretary of State described the UN Emergency Force as being “credited with preventing any serious incidents in the area in recent years, and with insuring the freedom of shipping in the area near the head of the Gulf of Akaba. ” UNEF, Mr. Cleveland said, “has been so effective in preserving the armistice that it has become virtually indispensable until it can be demonstrated that attitudes and relations between the people on both sides of the line have improved to the degree that buffer is no longer needed to prevent armed conflict.”