U.N. Secretary-General Leaves on Mission to Peking
Pledging himself to “do my best” to discharge the task entrusted to him by the General Assembly, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld left New York by air this afternoon for London, on the first stage of his mission to Peking. As requested by the Assembly, Mr. Hammarskjöld will attempt to secure the release of all U.N. Command personnel detained against their will by the Chinese People's Republic, including eleven United States airmen sentenced to prison term on espionage charges. Mr. Hammarskjöld was escorted to the airport by a number of U.N. officials and representatives to the United Nations.
Seen here at the airport shortly before his departure, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld (centre) is flanked by M. Henri Hoppenot (left), Permanent
Representative of France to the U.N., and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Permanent Representative of the United States.