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League Members Divided on Mandated Territories Question

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The clash between the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations and the Council of the League of Nations concerning the extent of the right of control of the Commission over the mandated territory threatens to create a distinct division on the question among League members.

It was stated here today on good authority that the dispute which originated at last Friday’s session of the Council of the League of Nations is far from ended. Observers noted with interest that the representatives of Italy have maintained their noncommittal attitude in the dispute which was carried on at the Council between the representatives of France and England, and the representatives of Sweden and Holland. It was stated that Italy has reserved its full liberty of action to raise the issue again. Sweden is said to be especially dissatisfied with the solution of the Mosul question. It is also expected that Holland will raise the question again. It is predicted that Great Britain and France will be forced to secure from the International Court of Justice an interpretation of the mandate system, authorizing the mandatory government to govern the mandated territories as integral parts of their domains and to avoid continual obstacles in connection with the supervision of the League.

The situation is becoming more complicated in connection with the entry of Germany into the League. It is pointed out here that Germany, being anxious to obtain mandates, will insist on the redistribution of the mandated territories and the point raised by the Permanent Mandates Commission with regard to the rights of the inhabitants of the mandated territories to be given a hearing before the commission will play into Germany’s hand. Prominent members of the Permanent Mandates Commission expressed the belief that a crisis in the mandate system, termed in the international treaties “a sacred trust of civilization,” is soon to arise. The crux of the situation centers, it was stated, around the customs question of the mandated areas.

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