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A serious disagreement has arisen between Arthur Henderson, British foreign secretary, and Hjalmar Procope, Finnish foreign minister and rapporteur for the Council of the League of Nations on mandates, regarding Mr. Henderson’s demand that M. Procope should essentially modify his report on Palestine before he presents it to the Council whose sessions open Monday. Mr. Henderson had a long conference regarding this matter with M. Procope today.


The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns that the conference did not run entirely smoothly. After the conference it became known that Sir John Hope Simpson, whose report on his recently completed investigation into problems of immigration, land settlement and development in Palestine is awaited, is definitely coming to Geneva. This is interpreted as the British delegation’s intention of mobilizing its big guns to have them ready in the event that a disagreeable situation for Great Britain develops at the Council’s sessions. The correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was received today by M. Procope who was asked concerning the details and the outcome of his conference with Mr. Henderson. M. Procope explained, however, that thus far he was unable to say anything.


The question of revising the Palestine Mandate was touched upon during the conference, according to information obtained by the influential Journal de Geneve. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, however, is reliably informed that no revision of the Palestine Mandate will be discussed by anyone at the Council’s meeting.

Forecasting the attitude of the League towards the Mandates Commission’s report on Palestine, the Journal de Geneve says, “Undoubtedly the Council of the League will approve the Mandates. Commission’s report, which is not open to attack from the standpoint of its judicial argumentation, its form or its conclusions. The negotiations between Mr. Henderson and M. Procope are centered upon the text of the resolution which formulates this approval.”

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