June 23, 1958

LEBANON: London, 20 – United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and international observers sent to Lebanon do not appear to be willing, according to reports from Beirut, to go beyond the bounds of a «simple observation» of the borders in order to avert any outside interference. There is no indication whether they will decide in favor of a military mission. In fact it is believed that the secretary-general is extremely annoyed at a report that 5,000 armed men had infiltrated Lebanon from Syria. It should be noted that the initial impression gained by the observers is that the rebels in Lebanon number around that figure. In the meantime, the West is awaiting the report from the secretary-general’s envoy who is to go to Jerusalem tomorrow. In a related development, the Soviet Union and the United Arab Republic are making threats about volunteers and the risk of an international crisis if the British and Americans intervene. ANNA SYNODINOU: The National Theater is presenting Euripides’ tragedy «Iphigenia in Tauris» at the Festival of Epidaurus this evening, starring Anna Synodinou.