UNITED NATIONS, N.Y (Sep. 11)
Ambassador George Ball, chief United States representative to the United Nations, warned in the Security Council this afternoon that the latest incidents in the Suez Canal area may foreshadow “a new and more dangerous situation.” a possibility that the Security Council “dared not ignore.” Ambassador Ball spoke shortly after the 15-member body convened to resume its debate on Israel’s complaints against Egypt for violation of the cease fire in the canal zone. He reiterated that it was the duty of the Security Council to insist that both sides not only abide by the cease fire but issue strict orders to local commanders against violations or unilateral actions and to improve their cooperation with the UN observers corps.
The issue now before the Security Council for the second week is Israel’s charge that Egypt was responsible for the ambush killing of two soldiers and the kidnapping of a third on Aug. 26. As in the previous sessions. Ambassador Mohammed Awad El-Kony of Egypt claimed that the Israeli complaint of the Aug. 26 ambush was a “fabrication” of which Egypt knew nothing. He was supported today, as previously by the Soviet representative, Yacov Malik, who was especially vituperative in his attempt to absolve Egypt from any violation of the cease fire and to draw a distinction between violations of the cease-fire and legitimate resistance by people against an enemy occupying their territory.