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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
23 March 1949
Department of Public Information
Press and Publications Bureau
Lake Success, New York

Press Release PAL/472
23 March 1949


Secretary-General Trygve Lie has received the following cable from the Foreign Minister of Iraq, dated 22 March:

"Following two telegrams addressed to Dr. Ralph Bunche on 17 and 20 March regarding Zionist violations terms truce. First begins, Have the honour to call your attention to recent Zionist broadcasts and official declarations and statements alleging that the Iraq Army in the middle sector of Palestine has violated the truce by acts of aggression. I should like state categorically that these reports have no foundation of truth. The Iraq Government and the Iraq forces have always strictly observed the terms of the truce and obeyed the decisions of the Council.

"I need not emphasize that this campaign of falsehood is not the first of its kind to be used by the Zionists to justify every fresh aggression. And is precisely not the last in a long record of determined aggression in the Holy Land. This malicious and mendacious propaganda is purposed designed to prepare world public opinion to accept such aggression as a proper measure of self-defence but in point of act is being used to justify and cover actual Zionist concentrations and troop movements in view of probable aggression and attack on the Iraq Army. I earnestly request you to send as early as possible a sufficient number of UN observers to investigate the report and to report to you in view of ascertaining the real facts of the situation. I should be extremely grateful if you would let me know also what appropriate steps you deem fit to take to meet the present delicate situation ends.

Second begins. I would like to draw your attention to a fresh example of continued Zionist violations of truce on the Iraqi front. Zionist units intermittently machine gunned Iraqi posts at Myaser and Tell Kovich; Zionist reconnaissance plane reconnoitered All Jenin zone on 19th instant several times. In bringing these facts to your notice may I request you to take what urgent and appropriate measures you may deem fit to meet the situation ends."

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