Sixth Commission Submits Report to League on Palestine Events

Fridjof Nansen has prepared the following draft of a report to be submitted to the Assembly of the League of Nations in behalf of the Sixth Commission which discussed the Palestine situation during the last several days.

Several members of the Commission dwelt upon the gravity of the recent events in Palestine and the painful impression created in their respective countries. The chairman, in the name of all the delegations, associated himself with the expression of regret already uttered for the loss of life in the different sections of the population. The Commission noted with satisfaction the declarations made to the Assembly by the Prime Minister, to the Council by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Sixth Commission by the British delegate.

The representatives of the Mandatory Power gave assurances that no acts of terrorism or disorder will be allowed to modify their policy for the full application of the terms of the Mandate for which they had an international responsibility to the League. They further informed that effective measures have already been taken to restore order, that a Commission of Inquiry had been set up and that the Mandatory had no intention of proposing changes in the system which the Mandate lays down. The Commission has no doubt that the inquiry will enlighten the League both as to the immediate and more remote causes of the sad events and that the Mandatory will at the same time state what arrangements it has in contemplation to remove these causes and prevent a recurrence of similar incidents in the future and to build up a solid foundation for future self-government in Palestine.

The draft report concludes with a draft resolution which says: “The Assembly expresses its profound regret at the recent incidents in Palestine, involving loss of human lives. The Assembly expresses complete confident in the inquiry which the Mandatory is instituting and trusts that the latter will speedily succeed in completely restoring order and taking measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

The part of the Nansen report dealing with the Palestine situation and the resolution concerning it was unanimously adopted without discussion.

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