22 APRIL 1955, Page 8

by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Dag Hammarskjold,

the other day during a televised Press confer- ence in New York. Replying to a question about the American airmen imprisoned in China, he said : 'Contacts are continuing. . . . I would not continue those contacts unless I felt that they served some useful purpose. That I think a full reply. That is to say. I feel that this operation which was started by the talks in Peking is not concluded, and as long as it is not concluded. as long as possible it is not exhausted, I don't see any reason to change my previous judgement. That is to say that efforts should continue because there are sufficient chances for a suc- cess for them to continue.' That is to say, Mr. Hammarskjold knows better than many how to give nothing away but a con- siderable number of words. PHAROS