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U.N. Mediator Considers Immigration to Israel Most Difficult Problem in Truce Talks

Following a conference with Israel Foreign Minister Moshe: Shertok and with representatives of Tran Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, United Nations mediator Count Folke Bernadette said today in Cairo that the question of Jewish immigration into Palestine during the projected four-weeks truce period is at present the most difficult problem to solve.

It was reported from Tel Aviv today that Shertok, in his talk last night with Bernadette, asked him to approach the British Government with a request to reconsider its ban on the immigration of displaced Jews in Cyprus to Israel during the truce period. On the other hand, Arab leaders insisted that Jewish immigration must cease if a truce is to be effected.

The U.N. mediator denied categorically a report emanating from Amman that he had ordered a cease-fire to begin at 2:30 A.M., Sunday, (New York time). He termed the report “absolutely incorrect,” He told newsmen he “had no reason to be pessimistic” but said he could not make any clarifying statements “for obvious reasons.”

Declaring that he was working solely on the question of a truce, Bernadette emphasized that he had not discussed with either side the question of Palestine’s future. In reply to a question on truce enforcement and control, he said: “I have made preparations so that at short notice I can get personnel put at my disposal as observers,” He did not specify which countries would be represented on such a control body.

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