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    King Hussein of Jordan, interviewed last month, indicated that there was internal harmony in Jordan despite the presence of "some of the contradictions of the Arab world".

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    GV's Amman (3 shots)

    CU Hussein

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HUSSEIN: Our relations are cordial and relations of one people striving towards the same end. Of course, when we opened the doors wide open for anybody who exercise this right of resistance of occupation and aggression, some of the contradictions in the Arab world found their way here. But as far as the overwhelming majority of our people are concerned, we are one solid people.

    REPORTER: I take it that the commandos do undertake some military engagements in the occupied territory, and the Government forces do not. Is that right?

    HUSSEIN: No, they all undertake operations. As far as the actual military is concerned we have had the tremendous task of reorganising and reequipping this force. As far as the resistance movement is concerned it has got a free-hand really; actions can be taken in the occupied territory as has been demonstrated up to now.

    REPORTER: And you give them a free-hand?

    HUSSEIN: We give them a free-hand of course.

    REPORTER: Are you willing no engage in direct talks, direct negotiations, with Israeli representatives?

    HUSSEIN: No, not under the present circumstances nor without the UN participation and supervision. If Israel continues to remain in Jerusalem and to claim she is not going to move from there, and also in the Jordan valley, and also on the Egyptian occupied territory and the Syrian heights, then there is nothing to talk about at all. That is not talks, it is capitulation. And this is something we haven't accepted and can't accept.

    REPORTER: Let me turn to the Americans. There seems to be a greatly increased anti-American feeling among the people in Jordan from what I noticed four years ago. Am I right in that?

    HUSSEIN: I think so. Not only in Jordan but in the area as a whole.

    REPORTER: Why is that?

    HUSSEIN: Well it's probably difficult for people to understand, I don't know why it should be. But if we are the subject of aggression, if our rights have been denied us, and you come and help those who have caused us all this suffering and denied us our rights; you identify yourselves with them, you give them weapons of destruction to maintain their superiority, you consider them as yours and yourselves as our enemies; what could you expect in return unfortunately?

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    NOTE TO EDITORS: We apologise for the poor quality of this tele-recording, the circumstance of which is beyond our control.

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    Background: King Hussein of Jordan, interviewed last month, indicated that there was internal harmony in Jordan despite the presence of "some of the contradictions of the Arab world". Since the interview, these contradictions have sharpened, with bloody clashes between guerrillas and the Jordanian Army; and an assassination attempt upon the King's life.

    After all night talks of Tuesday (June 9) an eleven-point agreement was reached between the two sides at the King's villa at Al Humma, west of Amman, and a ceasefire called. The basic issue at stake is: who will control the real sources of power in Jordan? It remains to be seen if the recent agreement will provide the answer or resolve the "contradictions".

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