JERUSALEM (Apr. 21)
The first meeting of the special joint Jewish-Arab commission set up under the terms of the Israeli-Transjordan pact to deal with the problem of the Jerusalem area was held here yesterday. The next session in scheduled for Saturday. No United Nations representatives are members of this body.
The Jews proposed that they be given free access to the Mt. of Olives, Mt. octopus, the Dead Sea, and use of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road through Arab-held positions in the Latrun area. Other points on the agenda included an Arab request for access to Bethlehem via the Nablus Gate of the Old City and the provision of electric to the Old City. The Arabs refused to deal with the problem of Jerusalem as a whole until after consultation among the Arab states at the Lausanne conference, which opens next Tuesday.
At the parley, held in a partially-destroyed building in no-man’s land, Israel was represented by Lt. Col. Moshe Dayan, commander of Israeli troops in Jerusalem, and Abraham Bagmen, while Transjordan was represented by Lt. Col. Mohammed Muweita and ?iad Bey Muflach, of the Amman Foreign Ministry.