United Nations Envoy Confers with Ben Gurion on Mt. Scopus Conflict

Andrew Cordier, United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s personal envoy, has apparently brought no new proposals for the solution of the Israel-Jordan conflict over Mt. Scopus, it was reported here following Mr. Cordier’s visit late yesterday with Israeli Premier David Ben Gurion.

Mr. Cordier, who went to Amman today to confer with Jordan Premier Rifai, is expected back in Jerusalem to meet with Mr. Ben Gurion tomorrow. Highly placed Israelis feel that nothing much can be expected from Mr. Cordier’s discussion at length on matters which they consider minor in scope. In addition, Mr. Cordier’s has been busy in Beirut helping organize the UN’s Lebanese watchdog service.

It was reported that at yesterday’s Ben Gurion-Cordier meeting, which UN truce chief Maj. Gen. Carl von Horn attended, Mr. Cordier raised the question of the status of UN observers on Mt. Scopus and of the Arab village of Issawia on the height.

The Jordan press, meanwhile, reported–on the basis of alleged UNTSO sources–that Mr. Cordier brought proposals that the UN take over Mt. Scopus and set up its headquarters in the Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University buildings. No comment on these reports could be obtained at UNTSO headquarters today.

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