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U.N. Truce Chief Meets with Israel Army Head on Basic Problems

Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, United Nations truce supervisor in Palestine, and Maj. Gen. Moshe Dayan, Chief of Staff of the Israel Army, met today to discuss the possibilities of direct contact between Israel and Jordan, the signing of the agreement for direct contact between local military commanders in the Jerusalem area and an agenda for the first meeting of the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission which Israel will attend since last March.

With the reactivation of the MAC, which is scheduled to hold its first session Wednesday, it is understood that differences between Israel and Gen. Burns over his posting of unescorted patrols of UN observers in the Israel-Jordan border zones will be resolved. It is understood that Israel will cooperate more closely with the truce organization and that the UN observers will carry out frontline inspections after making arrangements with Israeli officers.

While this particular problem will be solved for the time being, the basic questions of principle arising from Gen. Burns’ posting of unescorted observation units are still not resolved. It is understood that Gen. Dayan agreed to the new arrangement because of the present eased situation in the Jerusalem area, but reserved the right to cancel it should future changes in the situation call for such action.

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