Transjordan Submits Plan for Development of Jordan Valley to U.N. Survey Mission

The Transjordan Government has submitted a memorandum to the members of the United Nations economic survey mission giving its views on the proposed Jordan Valley Authority, it was disclosed here today.

The memorandum, a 14-page document, was prepared by the celebrated firm of consulting engineers here, Sir Mordoch McDonald and Associates. It dealt with those parts of the project acceptable to Transjordan and those unacceptable. Consent is given in the memorandum to parts of the project outlined three years ago by Joseph B. Hays, then chief engineer of the Commission on Palestine Surveys. (That project, expected to cost approximately $250,000,000, would include irrigation and power installations extending from the northern headwaters of the Jordan River to the Negev.)

Transjordan, moreover, would agree to the construction of a Mediterranean-Dead Sea power system provided the level of the Dead Sea is not unduly altered. At the same time, the Amman Government raises the question as to what form of international control is envisaged for the Jordan Valley Authority.

Meanwhile, a categorical denial of Arab press reports that the Palestine Potash Works has signed an agreement with the Transjordan Government for resumption of work on Dead Sea deposits was issued by a company representative here today. He declared that the “entire report is completely untrue and is only designed to create mischief.”

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