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Syrian and Israeli Negotiators Reach Agreement on Full Text of Proposed Armistice Pact

Syrian and Israeli negotiators reached agreement today on the full text of the proposed armistice pact between the two countries, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today. Barring unforeseen difficulties, it is hoped that the final armistice agreement will be signed this week.

Well-informed sources here reported that the military section of the agreement provides for the withdrawal of Syrian forces from territory west of the former Palestine mandate border, while both Israeli and Syrian troops–at a fixed date–will be evacuated from the final armistice lines. A nominal contingent of soldiers from both countries will, however, be deployed along the lines.

The Syrians are also scheduled to withdraw from the settlement of Mishmar Hayarden, as well as areas east of Lake Tiberias. All evacuated areas will be proclaimed demilitarized zones and neither side will be permitted to station troops there, it was added.