The new Jordanian cabinet formed over the weekend took the first steps towards a settlement of the Palestinian commando crisis at their first meeting in Amman on Sunday (28 June).
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Background: The new Jordanian cabinet formed over the weekend took the first steps towards a settlement of the Palestinian commando crisis at their first meeting in Amman on Sunday (28 June).
They were acting on instructions from King Hussein who asked in a letter to the new Prime Minister Abdel Al-Rifai that efforts be made to co-ordinate commando actions into general military planes. The new government is also committed to putting the country on a more solid war footing to carry the offensive to the Israelis. In dealing with the commando crisis, the cabinet set up a committee to contact the four-man team recently formed by Arab leaders to mediate in the dispute over the role of the Palestinian Commandos in Jordan.
Although there has been no official reaction from the guerrilla leaders, observers point out that Mr. Rifai himself is on good terms with the Palestinians as well as the King. In addition eight members of the new 17 man cabinet are Palestinians and commando sympathizers.
Observers believe that their presence in the cabinet may end the kind of bloody clashes that occurred between the guerrillas and government troops in Amman earlier this month.