Israel Accuses Syria Before U.N. of Encouraging Sabotage Gangs

Israel again accused Syria here today of failing to give “any reasonable explanation” for the continuing refusal by the Damascus Government to resume participation in the extraordinary session of the Israeli-Syrian Mixed Armistice Commission, which has been in suspension since early in February.

At the same time, Israel charged that, even while the ISMAC meetings have been stymied by Syria, the Syrian president, Dr. Noureddin Al-Atassi, continues to “extol the outrages” against Israel committed by the Fedayeen, the sabotage gangs which operate under Syrian encouragement. The charges were contained in a letter from Israel’s acting permanent representative here, Ambassador Shabtai Rosenne, to this month’s president of the Security Council, Ambassador Milko Tarabanov, of Bulgaria.

Ambassador Rosenne’s letter was in reply to one sent to the Security Council a week ago, in which Syria reiterated all its ancient charges about alleged Israeli “aggression.” Instead of explaining why Syria has failed to help resumption of the ISMAC session, the Syrian envoy here. Ambassador George J. Tomeh, had resorted “to ill-tempered language and bluster,” Dr. Rosenne noted. He did not request a meeting of the Security Council on the issue but asked only that the contents of his letter be circulated as an official United Nations document.

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