Israel to Meet Syrians in Armistice Body; First Time Since 1955

For the first time since the end of 1955 Israelis will meet with Syrians in the Mixed Armistice Commission, it was officially announced here today. Joseph Tekoah, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Affairs Division. will head the Israel delegation.

The meeting will discuss an Israeli complaint that Syrian troops fired on a work party on Israel soil and killed one person and wounded a second. It will also consider a Syrian complaint, filed first, that the Israelis had fired on a Syrian village The session will be held a few miles inside Syria at an old customs house on a highway leading to Damascus.

The Israeli authorities insist that they have not departed from their refusal to discuss matters pertaining to civilian work in the demilitarized zone. through the MAC, though the Syrian shootings occurred in the demilitarized zone. They assert that since the Syrians fired from their own territory the incident at Tel Katzir was a violation of the general armistice pact.

It was also repealed, meanwhile, it was disclosed today that UN observers along to Israel-Syrian border have been conducting a topographical survey of the border region to establish the exact boundary and thus cut down the likelihood of incidents precipitated through error.

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