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High Israel Army Officer Reported in Secret Peace Negotiations with Abduliah

Col. Moshe Dayan, war-time commander of Israel forces in Jerusalem and since then one of the Jewish state’s top negotiators with the Arab states and the United Nations staff in Palestine, has arrived at Jordan King Abdullah’s winter palace for “secret negotiations for a peace treaty,” the Damascus radio declared today. In a broadcast monitored here, the Syrian announcer said that Jordan is demanding possession of the former Arab sections of the city as its price for peace.

Israel authorities here, however, disclaimed all knowledge of such a visit and negotiations.

Meanwhile, it was learned today that Lt. Col. Shaul Ramati, Col. Dayan’s successor as head of the Israel delegations to the mixed armistice commissions, met last week with Lt. Col. Azmi Nashashibi, his Jordan counterpart, in private talks about the Israel-Jordan dispute over the Elath road. As a result of the meeting, a full session of the mixed armistice commission will be convened Tuesday.

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