U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjoeld arrived in Paris from New york July 31 to be received?
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjoeld arrived in Paris from New york July 31 to be received by French President General de Gaulle for a luncheon and conference at the Elysee Palace.
The luncheon was attended by a small number of officials including the French representative at the United Nations, M. Berard. After the talks with de Gaulle, Hammarskjoeld also called on Premier Debre and Foreign Minister Couve de Murville.
It is generally assumed that an important topic at the talks was the possible debate on Algeria in the U.N. General Assembly in September.
The Burmese U.N. delegate July 11 handed in a note on behalf of 21 African and Asian Governments, calling the attention of the Security Council to "the seriousness of the situation in Algeria which constitutes a threat to peace and international security".
The French authorities realise that it may be possible for the African and Asian nations to collect a two-thirds majority for a motion recognising the Algerian people's right to independence.
Observers also think that Hammarskjoeld may have been asked to help clear up economic problems besetting the newly formed French Community in Africa.
Later the same day, General de Gaulle left the Elysee Palace for his home at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in eastern France where he is expected to spend about three weeks on holiday.