Thant Silent on Developments in Mideast; No Word Whether He Will See Eban
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Thant Silent on Developments in Mideast; No Word Whether He Will See Eban

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Less than two days after the formal termination of the Middle East cease-fire, Secretary General Thant seemed to be clamping down more than usual on comment on the situation. A United Nations spokesman declined or refused comment repeatedly at today’s regular noon briefing. On other questions he said, as he has before, that he had no pertinent information to impart. The questions by newsmen covered such points as the most recent Israeli statement on the situation, whether the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) will resume reporting Suez Canal overflights and shellings, and whether Thant would meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban when he arrives here next week. The UN spokesman did disclose that Thant would be meeting late this afternoon with a delegation composed of the Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi Arabian, Indonesian and Pakistani ambassadors. But the spokesman said he did not know the reason for the meeting.

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