JERUSALEM (Mar. 20)
Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring, United Nations special envoy in the Middle East, will return here tomorrow for a further meeting with Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban. Dr. Jarring flew to Amman today for a conference with Jordanian officials and returned immediately to his Cyprus headquarters. He was in Jerusalem on Sunday for a meeting with Mr. Eban and at that time informed him that Jordan had refused to send a delegation to Cyprus for talks with the Israelis.
(In an editorial advising Israel that there had to be “advance acceptance by both sides of the sort of settlement that will emerge at the end of the process,” The Times of London said today that negotiations were not the first step towards peace. It said that Ambassador Jarring’s travels between Israel and the Arab capitals over the past three months “demonstrated that there is still no basis for a meaningful negotiation.”)
(The Times concluded that “the Israel Government, if it now abandons all hope of negotiating the sort of peace it wants, will have to decide for itself what to do about the million extra Arabs it now rules. The problems are enormous, possibly insuperable. They can only be solved if Jordan’s position is taken into account.”
(The London Daily Telegraph warned today that any new major flare-up on the Jordanian-Israeli border is bound to increase pressure on King Hussein “who is unable to prevent” the activities of Arab commandos based in Jordan. The main source of military supplies for the Arab terrorists and their chief source of funds, the paper said, is Syria.)