JERUSALEM (Mar. 9)
Israel today resumed its participation in the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission, and the immediate result at today’s full meeting of the Commission, was an agreement to wipe off the docket about 1,700 complaints from both sides accumulated since Israel suspended its MAC participation in the middle of 1956.
At that times, Israel announced it would not sit in the Commission–which is composed of two Israelis, two Jordanians, and a chairman representing the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. Israel’s refusal to continue sitting in the Commission was due to its contention that the Commission was “totally ineffective” when it came to halting Arab infiltration into Israel or marauding by Arab gangs coming into Israel from the Jordanian side of the frontier.
After voting to quash the 1,700 complaints and counter-complaints from both sides, the full Commission at today’s resumed meeting decided to attempt to implement the principle forbidding both sides to fire at persons crossing the frontier, if those persons are unarmed.