Menu JTA Search

Israel. Transjordan Representatives Resume Unofficial Meetings on Future of Jerusalem

Unofficial contact between Israel and Transjordan representatives who have been meeting on an agreement concerning the future of Jerusalem was resumed last night in a house located in no-man’s land. It is understood that the participants in the meeting discussed the partition of the city in the light of the U.N. decision to internationalize the Jerusalem area.

The special Israel-Transjordan committee for Jerusalem decided to abolish no-man’s-land in this city by establishing one demarcation line, an official communique stated today. The Committee is continuing discussions on reopening the Mount Scopus road to the Jews and the Bethlehem road to the Arabs. Further talks on this subject will take place tomorrow.

The Israel-Transjordan committee for reuniting Arab families in Israel met this morning and approved the crossing of the lines on Dec. 22 by more than 70 Arabs, most of them Christians, who will thus be able to spend Christmas with their families. Additional lines will be presented to the committee at its next meeting December 18.