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Sharett Confers with U.N. Truce Chief on Israel-syrian Conflict

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Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett today conferred with Maj. Gen. Vagn Bennike, United Nations truce chief in Palestine, and his political advisor, Henri Vigier, on the Israel-Syrian dispute over the Israel Huleh reclamation project.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a joint statement was issued reporting that Mr. Sharett had presented to Gen. Bennike information concerning Israel’s position on the dredging of a canal in the Huleh Valley. The Danish General promised to study the new material and will meet with Mr. Sharett again within a few days.

At the invitation of Mr. Sharett, Cen. Bennike has completed an inspection of land records in Safad and satisfied himself that the land involved in the current dispute is not owned by Arabs.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet last night announced after a lengthy meeting on the developments vis-a-vis Syria that the government was in full support of Mr. Sharett’s earlier statement to Gen. Bennihe that Israel would not accede to a request by the UN truce chief that work on a diversion canal in the Huleh region be halted pending an agreement with Syria on how the work shall proceed.

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