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Jordan Reiterates Refusal to Negotiate Peace Terms with Israel

The Jordanian Government, in a statement issued yesterday by the government press office, has reiterated its refusal to negotiate a peace settlement with Israel, the New York Times reported today from the Jordan-held Old City of Jerusalem. The report added that Jordan insists upon implementation of the United Nations decisions on boundaries in Palestine and on repatriation of Arab refugees.

The report said that the government statement sought to explain the attitude of Jordan’s new Premier Tewfik Abdul Huda, who had been thought by some to favor–under pressure from Britain–a “softer” policy toward Israel.

It pointed out that “any suggestion that Jordan should engage in direct peace talks with Israel would be regarded as treasonous by most of the public, particularly the 500,000 Arab former residents of Palestine who have Jordanian citizenship.”