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Senegal, Pakistan Ask for Urgent Council Meeting on Humanitarian Mission

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Senegal and Pakistan today asked Secretary-General U Thant to convene an urgent meeting of the Security Council as early as possible to report on progress of his efforts toward sending a humanitarian mission to the Middle East. The meeting was requested in a joint communication to Mr. Thant signed by Mohammed Yunus, acting permanent representative of Pakistan, and Ibrahima Boye of Senegal.

Last August Mr. Thant submitted a report to the Security Council and General Assembly blaming Israel for thwarting his efforts to probe the humanitarian problems in the civilian populations of the Middle East arising from the Six-Day War. He charged that Israel’s insistence that the inquiry cover the condition of Jews in Arab countries as well as Arabs in the Israel-occupied territories made it impossible for him to dispatch a mission authorized by the Security Council and General Assembly. Mr. Thant contended that Israel was trying to broaden the mission beyond the scope of the Security Council resolution that called for an inquiry into conditions “in the area of conflict.” The Arab interpretation of the resolution has been that it referred only to Arabs in the occupied territories.

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