The Commander of the Untied Nations peace force in the Middle East, General Ensio Siilasvuo, left Cairo on Thursday (1st November) to check reports of ceasefire violations in Ismalia.
GV Cairo Street scene.
SV PAN From press to Mr. Berger Hallden.
SV Mr. Hallden speaking.
Mr. Hallden: I haven't met him. I've just arrived here. I haven't met him and, as I said, the Commander, General Siilasvuo, went to Ismailia today, and when I left half an hour ago, he wasn't back. I was waiting to get some more information from him but, and his advisers who also went.
I would like to say that yesterday an additional 12 trucks with supplies went to and, altogether now, since the convoy started on the 28th, about 45 trucks have been sent."
Reporter: "To the third army?"
Mr. Hallden: "To the Third Army, yes."
Reporter: "Is that 35 in all that have got through?"
Mr. Hallden: 45; 12 yesterday, and altogether 45. That's the whole supply."
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Background: The Commander of the Untied Nations peace force in the Middle East, General Ensio Siilasvuo, left Cairo on Thursday (1st November) to check reports of ceasefire violations in Ismalia. Israel complained to the U.N. Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, about the alleged violations. They said the Egyptian forces had opened up with mortar fire in the Ismailia area.
There have been reports of ceasefire breaches in the Southern ares near Suez City, but this was the first reported firing for some days near Ismailia.
A U.N. spokesman in Cairo, Mr Bijer Hallden, said an extra convoy of 12 trucks had left with supplies for the Egyptian Third Army on the Eastern side of the Canal. A total of 45 trucks have now been sent to the Army, which the Israelis claim has been surrounded and cut off on the East Bank of the Canal.
At a Press conference on Thursday, Mr. Hallden declined to comment on reports that a Swedish U.N. officer, Colonel Ake Bendrik, had been dismissed. Colonel Bendrick was not available for comment and reasons for his reported dismissal were not clear.