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Jordan Orders Construction of Dam to Divert Water from Israel

The Jordanian Government today ordered contractors to begin construction of a dam that is part of the Arab scheme to divert the headwaters of the Jordan River. Aly Taher, deputy director of the Jordan Development Beard, said work on the Mokheiba Dam would begin within the next two months.

(In Washington, a State Department spokesman said today that the United States position on the issue of diversion of the headwaters of the Jordan River “remain the same” as previously stated. He made this statement in comment on the Jordanian announcement that work will begin on Mokheiba Dam.)