Urgent Mixed Armistice Commission Called; Israelis to Attend

Two high-level Israeli representatives were permitted by the Jordan-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission to join an urgent meeting of the MAC before whom Israel is complaining that Jordan has been massing troops in the Old City section of Jerusalem for the past eight hours.

Jordan objected strenuously to the presence of Dr. Avraham Biran, head of the Israel Foreign Ministry’s armistice division, and Arthur Liveran, who heads the United Nations Desk in Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Against the opposition of Jordan, which claimed that Israel could be represented at the meeting only by routine officials, the UN chairman ruled that Mr. Biran and Mr. Liveran have a right to attend the session.

At the same time, Jordan made a second complaint against Israel in connection with the Israeli government’s plans to conduct a military parade here Thursday as part of the celebration of Israel’s 13th anniversary. Jordan claims that Israel is now violating a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council last week, interpreting that resolution as forbidding the military parade. The commission ruled it will hear Jordan’s grievance after it has disposed of Israel’s urgent complaint.

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