Armistice Commission Discusses Strength of Israeli and Transjordan Units in Jerusalem

The mixed Israeli-Transjordan armistice commission today held a four-hour meeting at which the composition and strength of the Israeli and Transjordanian service units stationed in Jerusalem were discussed.

The commission also appointed a subcommittee to investigate the possibility of harvesting in the Hebron area, where Arab fields are situated in Israeli territory. The subcommittee will also study various complaints submitted by Israelis and Arabs.

An Israeli relief convoy which was sent to Mount Scopus through Arab military lines returned today to the Jewish section of Jerusalem with 35 Israeli policemen who have been replaced by fresh Israeli guards who will be stationed at the Hebrew University and other buildings in the area. The Arab Legion maintains that the fact that this convoy was permitted to pass Arab military lines should not be taken to mean that the Legion has given up its right to search Israeli convoys.

Gen. William Riley, United Nations chief of staff, left today for Damascus, to attempt to persuade high Syrian authorities to resolve once and for all the minor differences holding up the signing of the Israeli-Syrian armistice pact. The text of the pact is ready for signature, but the Syrian military authorities suddenly demanded yesterday demilitarization of the town of Zemakh in order to enable the return there of several thousand Arabs who fled the town prior to its occupation by Israeli forces.

A meeting of the Israeli and Syrian delegations at which this demand will be discussed is scheduled for tomorrow. The Israeli delegation opposes the inclusion of Zemakh in the demilitarized zone.

A reception for Vice-Mayor Savvides of Famagusta, Cyprus, was hold here today under the auspices of the Jewish Agency. Mr. Saviddes is now visiting Israel. A check for $6,000 was turned over to the guest by the Agency as a token of appreciation for the “humane attitude which the Cypricts displayed toward Jewish detainees” on the island when they were interned in British detention camps prior to the establishment of the Jewish state.

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