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Excellency: As President of the Security Council this month it is incumbent upon me to bring to the attention of the members of the Council my concern over the situation created by the continued incidents along the Gaza Demarcation Line and the difficulties which are being encountered by the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization [Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns] in carrying out the Council's unanimous resolution of March 30, 1955. You will recall that this resolution called upon the Governments of Egypt and Israel to cooperate with the Chief of Staff with regard to his proposals directed toward preservation of security in that area.
It is to be hoped that the Security Council resolution will be implemented promptly with the full cooperation of the Governments of Egypt and Israel. If this hope is not realized, however, and General Burns does not receive the full cooperation of the parties concerned, it may be necessary to call a meeting of the Council for the specific purpose of considering the status of the implementation of the resolution of March 30 and such further assistance and support to the Chief of Staff as may be necessary.
This letter is being addressed to each member of the Security Council. Copies are being sent to the representatives of Egypt and Israel and the Secretary-General.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
(1) U.N. doc. S/3406, June 7, 1955. Text is also found in Department of State Bulletin, June 20, 1955, pp. 1016-1017. The letter was sent by Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in his capacity as President of the Security Council for the month of June. nor a statement by the temporary U.S. Representative in the Security Council on Apr. 19 on this matter, see ibid., May 23, 1955, pp. 860-861. For background discussion see Report of the Security Council to the General Assembly Covering the Period from 16 July 1954 to /6 July 1955 (A/2935), pp. 14-15. Back
American Foreign Policy 1950-1955
Basic Documents Volumes I and II
Department of State Publication 6446
General Foreign Policy Series 117
Washington, DC : U.S. Governemnt Printing Office, 1957