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Gentlemen S Agreement’ Bars Use of Egyptian Forces on Frontier

President Nasser promised Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold last spring, as part of the gentlemens agreement between the two regarding the work of UNEF, not to place any Egyptian forces on the frontier between the Gaza Strip and Israel. That became known here today following reports from Israel about Egypt’s new policing plans for the Gaza border. It is the first time any important part of the Nasser-Hammarskjold “gentlemen’s agreement has been revealed.

According to a spokesman for Mr. Hammarskjold, the United Nations does not know of any change in plans for policing the Gaza border, and there have been no Egyptian or other Arab police along the Gaza frontier since UNEF took over the border patrol after the withdrawal of Israel troops last March. The Nasser-Hammarskjold agreement provide that the police forces in the Gaza area were to be used for internal policing activities only.

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