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21 March 1949
CABLEGRAM DATED 21 MARCH 1949 FROM THE
ACTING MEDIATOR TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL CONCERNING THE
ACCEPTANCE BY SYRIA OF AN INVITATION TO ENTER INTO ARMISTICE NEGOTIATIONS
For the President of Security Council:
"I have the honour to inform the Security Council that a favourable reply to my invitation of 30 January 1949 to enter
into Armistice negotiations has been received from the Government of Syria. The text of the reply is as follow:
"'The Acting Mediator:
I have the honour to inform you that the Syrian Government agrees to enter into Armistice negotiations in pursuance of the resolution of the Security Council of 16 November 1948.
(signed) Chaled El Azeem
President of the Council of Ministers
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of National Defence
"The Government of Israel has been notified of the Syrian acceptance and has replied as follows:
"Rhodes, 20 March
"'Dear Dr. Bunche,
"'This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of today's date informing that the Syrian Government has formally accepted your invitation of 30 January I.949 to enter into Armistice negotiations with the Government of Israel in pursuance of the resolution of the Security Council of 16 November 1948. As requested, I have transmitted this information to my Government.
"'I have been authorized to confirm that Dr. Eytan's letter to you of 31 January 1949 constitutes acceptance of your above-mentioned invitation by the Israeli Government as regards Syria.
) Mr. Shiloah
Head of the Israeli Delegation
"Arrangements for the Israeli-Syrian negotiations under United Nations chairmanship will be made in consultation with the two Governments.