JERUSALEM (Aug. 8)
Israel and Egyptian negotiators met at Kilometer 95, along the Gaza border today continue their weeks-long negotiations for an agreement designed to ease tension in the frontier region. At the end of the meeting Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns, Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, who presided over the session, appeared optimistic. The talks will continue tomorrow.
It is understood that 13 of 17 points involved in the discussions have been agreed to, but that the remaining four points on which agreement is still lacking are extremely important. Among these four points are: whether communications between the local commanders should be direct or through the United Nations: the rank of the local commanders who shall be in communication with each other; whether to hold local commanders meetings with or without UN personnel present.
The problem of communications between the commanders was discussed today for a second time, but still no decision was reached. The Israelis favor direct talks to localize and minimize incidents, but the Egyptians insists on holding such communications only through UN personnel.
(Egypt is planning a southern land-sea route to Jordan, the Times of London reported today in a dispatch from Cairo. The overland route across the Negev was snapped when the State of Israel was established. The road will be built across the Sinai Peninsula, the dispatch said, and will connect with a ferry service at the Gulf of Akaba which will run to the Jordan port of Akaba, at the head the Gulf. The same Sinai road will also branch off toward Jeddah which is the port for Mecca, in Saudi Arabia)