JERUSALEM (Aug. 21)
The planting of trees in the Jerusalem demilitarized zone near United Nations Truce Supervisory headquarters continued today without Jordanian interference. There was no indication that Jordan would carry out a threat to enter a formal complaint with the UN Security Council about this “Israel aggression.”
The tree-planting is part of an Israel program to create a green belt on the outskirts of new Jerusalem. Israel Foreign Ministry officials admitted that the planting area was part of a zone designated as “no-man’s-land” in the Israel-Jordanian Armistice pact but pointed out that in a subsequent agreement, the zone was divided for civilian purposes.
The Israel spokesman, noting that Jordan has built a road in the zone, denied any basis existed for a Jordanian complaint.