Hammarskjold Appoints “personal Representative” for Mt. Scopus Talks

Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold has decided to appoint a special personal representative to negotiate with the governments of Israel and Jordan on the dispute involving the demilitarized area atop Mt. Scopus. Announcement of this decision was made here today.

“Both governments concerned,” a spokesman for the Secretary General declared here today, “have stated to the Secretary General that they are willing, on the basis of reciprocity, to give full implementation to an agreement they made on July 7, 1948 under which activities in the Mt. Scopus area were to be maintained “until a new agreement is entered upon.”

On that basis, the announcement here continued, there will be inspection of Mt. Scopus by UN observers, “which is necessary in order to fulfill United Nations responsibilities for checking that such implementation is established and maintained.”

“It is the view of the Secretary General, “the spokesman declared, “that these negotiations should be taken up forthwith and conducted in such a way as to reach a speedy result.” Mr. Hammarskjold will announce the name of his new personal representative when he returns here early next week.

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