United Nations, N.Y. (Sep. 4)
Jordan today requested an “urgent” meeting of the Security Council to hear a complaint regarding an alleged “serious situation because of an Israel violation of the armistice agreement in no-man’s land in the Jerusalem sector.” Informally, it was understood that the Council will accede to Jordan’s request and will meet on the complaint Friday morning.
The Jordanian grievance was sent by Jordan’s permanent representative here, Yousef Haikal, to this month’s Council president, Dr. Emilio Nunez-Portuonda of Cuba Jordan complained that on July 21 a number of Israelis “under the protection of Israeli security forces” entered no-man’s land and “started digging, aided on succeeding days by bulldozers and tractors.” The complaint said that Israel has continued these activities since July despite Jordanian protests to the Mixed Armistice Commission.
Israel circles here pointed out that the work of which Jordan has complained probably concerns the project of planting a belt of trees around the outskirts of Israel’s capital. In the letter Jordan cites specific sections of the armistice pact indicating that it will contend that Israel is performing the work in order to improve its military position.