King Hussein told Ministers and senior officials last Saturday (3 April) that every effort will be made to end the present conflict between Jordanian forces and Commandos without resorting to force.
King Hussein told Ministers and senior officials last Saturday (3 April) that every effort will be made to end the present conflict between Jordanian forces and Commandos without resorting to force. He was speaking against a background of renewed fighting, mainly in Northern Jordan, where each side blames the other. The Jordanian government has accused the Commandos of trying to disrupt Jordan's economic and military potential with a series of attacks on state installations. But Amman is quiet. The only sign of the latest confrontation in the presence of troops in the streets.
SYNOPSIS: In Amman, all is quiet, but clashes between commandos government forces have been reported, especially in North of Jordan, Commandos in Beirut have said that the situation in Jordan could "explode at any minute". But government troops patrolling the streets in the only sign here of the renewed confrontation.
The commandos have reported that for the past three days government forces shelled refugee camps in Jerash. Several people have been killed or wounded, they say...and the Government, for their part, accused the Palestinian commandos of trying to disrupt Jordan's economic and military potential with a series of attacks on state installations. Several explosions have hit railway lines, and part of the pipeline to Jordan's only in refinery was blown up last Saturday.
On Saturday night, King Hussein invited Members of Parliament, Ministers and senior officials to his palace to discuss the situation, He told them that all efforts would be made to end the latest confrontation without resorting to force. Contact had been made with the commandos in an effort to get them and their weapons out of Amman. And a military spokesman called on the commandos to hand over the men responsible for blowing up the pipeline, which he described as an act of sabotage. Answering an accusation from the Sudan that "hired elements" in the Jordan government where trying to break the palestinian liberation movement, King Hussein said that he should not be held responsible for their failure to win their battle.