Israel Brings Charges Against Jordan to U. N. Security Council
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Israel Brings Charges Against Jordan to U. N. Security Council

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Israel today asked the president of the Security Council to put the following item on the agenda of the Council for urgent consideration: “Complaints by Israel against Jordan concerning the repudiation by Jordan of its obligations under the general armistice agreement.”

In a letter to Andrei Vishinsky of the Soviet Union, this month’s Council chairman, Ambassador Abba Eban, Israeli representative at the UN, listed four specific violations which he asked be discussed under the general heading of the item. They are:

1. Jordan’s violation of Article XII of the general armistice agreement by refusing to attend the conference convoked by the Secretary General.

2. The armed attack on the bus near Scorpion Pass resulting in the murder of eleven Israeli citizens.

3. Acts of hostility by Jordan regular and irregular forces against Israel with special reference to the recent armed attack in the neighborhood of Kissalon.

4. Refusal by Jordan to carry out her obligations under Article VIII of the general armistice agreement to provide access to the Jews to Holy Places in Jordan-held territory and to Mt. Scopus.

In his letter Mr. Eban said these violations “were part and parcel of a general policy of hostility towards Israel which is maintained and aggravated by a campaign of hate and incitement to war. These actions and policies of the Government of Jordan, ” he continued, “constitute a virtual repudiation of the armistice agreement in both letter and spirit.”

The Israeli representative said that the Jordan Government had refused to carry out “the most fundamental provisions” of its agreement with Israel and had declined to review that agreement. “That government, therefore, bears a heavy responsibility for a situation fraught with grave danger to peace and security, ” Mr. Eban stated.

Mr. Vishinsky has not yet set a date for the next meeting of the Security Council to hear this complaint and the complaint of Lebanon on the Nahalin incident. However, it is believed that the Lebanese complaint will be considered on Wednesday.

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