Israel and Egyptian delegates met again today to continue their discussion of methods of easing the tension along the Gaza frontier, making what Israel and United Nations communiques both called “some progress.” After the meeting, UN truce chief Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, chairman of the meetings, said that the day’s talks were carried on in a “friendly atmosphere” and that tomorrow’s session is expected to be a decisive one.
An Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the title of a draft of a local commanders’ agreement and its preamble had been agreed upon. The document is entitled: “An Arrangement for the Maintenance of Security Along the Demarcation Line.” According to the Israeli, the Egyptian delegate had asked more time to reconsider his position on direct telephonic communication between the local commanders. Then the meeting proceeded to a discussion of joint patrols and the erection of a physical barrier, along the border. These points will be discussed further tomorrow.
Despite the Israel-Egyptian talks, Egyptian soldiers last night penetrated into Israel territory opposite the Gaza strip. They were forced to retreat when an Israel patrol opened fire. There were no Israel casualties.
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