Seek Concessions from Israel, Egypt on Easing Border Tensions

Efforts were being made here today to secure concessions from both Israel and Egypt in line with the Security Council’s recent resolution calling for cooperation with Major General E.L.M. Burns, UN truce supervision chief, in reducing tension along the Israel-Egypt frontier.

Gen. Burns has proposed a number of measures including direct communication between local area commanders, mixed border patrols in sensitive areas, the manning of the border only by regular troops and erection of physical barriers at certain frontier points. He is reported here to be discussing these proposals with both Israel and Egyptian officials.

It was indicated here today that both governments are expected to provide concrete proof of their readiness to cooperate with Gen. Burns in his efforts to tighten border security along the Gaza strip. Members of the Security Council were reported today to be reluctant to meet in response to Israel’s “urgent” request until they had such assurances and also had an overall report from Gen. Burns on the situation. No date has yet been fixed for the Security Council meeting requested yesterday by Israel Ambassador Abba S. Eban in a letter to the President of the Council.

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