U.N. Truce Chief Reports Difficulties in Arab-israel Border Issues

United Nations truce chief Gen. William Riley, in a report to the U.N. Security Council, says that the situation on the Israel-Egyptian border has taken a more serious turn in the last four months. Gen. Riley says he is still receiving complaints of alleged violations from both nations, which are being dealt with by the mixed armistice commission.

The report also points out that Gen. Riley has been unable to arrange a meeting of the Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice Commission since that body’s last informal meeting in June. It states that the Israelis will not participate in a meeting until Syria withdraws certain charges from the commission agenda, but Syria refuses to accede.

The Arab-Israeli peace talks with the United Nations Conciliation Commission on Palestine, which began here two months ago, today had dwindled into sporadic and informal conversations between the commission and the heads of the Arab and Israeli delegations. In the view of most observers here, the peace talks are dead but neither the commission nor the Arab or Israeli delegations is prepared to assume responsibility for the demise of the parley.

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