Hammarskjold to Visit Israel; Will Seek to Break Mt. Scopus Deadlock
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Hammarskjold to Visit Israel; Will Seek to Break Mt. Scopus Deadlock

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United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold is coming to Israel this week-end or early next week in an attempt to break the deadlock over the Mt. Scopus situation. The UN chief, who is now in Beirut dealing with problems arising from the Lebanese rebellion and Arab states interference in it, will confer with Premier David Ben Gurion in Jerusalem.

Despite a statement by Andrew Cordier, Mr. Hammarskjold’s executive assistant, to the press here today that some progress had been made in his two walks with Mr. Ben Gurion Monday and today, it is known that the Premier has been unmoving in his insistence on Jordan’s living up to Article VIII of the armistice pact in which Jordan undertook to permit the complete resumption of cultural and humanitarian activities on the height.

Mr. Cordier visited Mt. Scopus this afternoon in the company of Maj, Gen. Carl C. von Horn, UN truce chief here. They inspected the areas shortly after a regular fortnightly Israeli convoy had passed through the Jordan lines to the height without incident.

Asked by newsmen whether he had brought any proposals to his two meetings with Mr. Ben Gurion, and one yesterday with Jordan. Premier Samir el Riffai, Mr. Cordier responded that he had brought “some useful ideas.” He denied a Jordan report to the effect that he had asked Israel to agree to UN control over Mt. Scopus and installation of the UN truce staff in the buildings of the Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus.

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