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Dayan Complains of U. N. Failure to Fix Spot Where Egyptians Sank Israel’s Destroyer

Gen. Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defense Minister expressed last night Israel’s profound regret and disappointment” over the refusal of the United Nations to investigate and fix the exact spot off the Sinai coast where the Israeli destroyer Elath was sunk on October 21 by Soviet-made missiles from Egyptian attack boats.

Those views were relayed by Gen. Dayan to Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, head of the UN observation forces in the Suez area, during a meeting here at Gen Dayan’s office. Gen. Bull came to the office to discuss proposals by UN Secretary-General U Thant to extend the UN observers’ force both in manpower and transport facilities, including sea and air vehicles.

Gen Dayan repeated Israel’s demand that the UN map a fixed cease-fire line between the Israeli and Egyptian positions along the Suez Canal, but Gen, Bull reported that Egypt opposed such a step. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s chief of staff, and Foreign Ministry officials attended the meeting.