UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Apr. 7)
The second session of the United Nations Security Council on the Middle East deadlock in two weeks was in indefinite adjournment today after the major powers gave up efforts to find a way to resolve the latest counter-complaints of Israel and Jordan.
The session began on March 29 after a full-scale artillery and air battle erupted on an 85-mile front along the Israel-Jordan demarcation line. Meetings were held three more times but no progress was made in behind-the-scenes talks on proposals for UN cease-fire observers on the Israeli-Jordan demarcation line, or for reaffirmation of the Nov. 22 Council resolution calling on both sides to cooperate with the peace-seeking mission of special UN emissary Gunnar Jarring, or a simple resolution calling on both sides to observe the terms of the cease-fire.
At the fourth meeting on Thursday, Ambassador Jacob Malik of the Soviet Union, the current Council president, read a statement expressing the Council’s “deep concern” over the “deteriorating situation” and its determination to keep it under close review. He then adjourned the session with no date set for another meeting.
It was announced here meanwhile that Dr. Jarring will make a one-day visit to Cairo tomorrow to renew his talks with Egyptian authorities.