Israel and Egypt Meet to Exchange Views on Border Tension

Israeli and Egyptian representatives met this morning under the chairmanship of Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns, United Nations truce chief, to discuss problems concerning the easing of tension on the Israel-Egyptian frontier in the Gaza area. The meeting took place on the Gaza border, and was devoted to working out an agenda for further talks.

Joseph Tekoah, Israel’s representative, read out at the meeting a statement on Israel views. He said that Israel considers the existing armistice agreement as basic, and believes it to be efficient enough to put an end to the border tension. If all the details of the Israel-Egyptian armistice pact had been lived up to, there would probably be no need for the present meeting, the Israeli representative declared. The next meeting will be held tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, an Israeli fishing boat was fired on today from Syrian positions along the shore of Lake Kineret, according to an announcement here by Israel’s army spokesman.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry announced that the Israel vessel “Bracha Fould,” which entered Lebanese waters by error yesterday while en route from Alexandretta to Haifa, has been released by authorities of Lebanon. The ship had been detained a few hours in the harbor of Beirut until Lebanese officials made sure that the entry into their country’s waters had been unintentional.

NEXT STORY