Geneva (Sep. 27)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The jurisdiction of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations over the mandated territories, a matter which caused the dispute between the League members and the mandatory powers, was upheld by a decision of the Sixth Commission of the Assembly of the League of Nations at its last session held on Saturday.
The Commission adopted a resolution praising the zeal and devotion of the Permanent Mandates Commission in carrying out its task. Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, representative of Sweden, in explaining the meaning of the resolution, declared that it intends to express most solemnly the full and unabated confidence of the entire League of Nations in the Permanent Mandates Commission.
M. Debrouckere, the representative of Belgium, who acted as rapporteur on this question, declared that all the delegates to the Assembly of the League of Nations recognize that the Permanent Mandates Commission has always exhibited great tact and that no restrictions for the present competence of the Commission are permissible.
The opinion was expressed here that this action of the League closes for the time being the dispute which arose between the League Council and the Mandates Commission over the right of the Commission to extend a hearing to petitioners from mandated territories and to address a detailed questionnaire to the mandatory powers concerning the administration of these territories.
It is generally felt that the attempt of Sir Austen Chamberlain, British Foreign Secretary, and Aristede Briand, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, to restrict the jurisdiction of the Mandates Commission will have no effect.