Geneva (Sep. 5)
The Council of the League of Nations approved to-day the report presented to it by the League’s Permanent Mandates Commission (given in the J.T.A. Bulletin of August 25th.), including its general observations on the situation in Palestine. The Report was presented by M. Marinkovitch, the Jugo-Slavian Foreign Minister, who is this year’s Rapporteur on Mandates to the League of Nations Council. M. Marinkovitch went on in his speech to give a brief survey of the various points dealt with by the Commission. He proposed that the Council may associate itself with the hopes of the Mandates Commission that the decision of the Wailing Wall Commission will put an end to the controversy on this subject, and that the further attempts to settle the problem of relations between Arabs and Jews will be crowned with success. The special observations of the Mandates Commission, he added, did not call for comment.
The Council has approved the regulations drawn up by the Mandates Commission with regard to the termination of a Mandate, adding on Italy’s demand the continued application of the principle of economic equality.
The criticism made by the Mandates Commission at its last session of the terms under which the concession for the Iraq oil pipe-line was granted, was replied to by Lord Cecil on behalf of the British Government, and M. Flandin on behalf of the French Government, both contending that the terms of the concession were just and equitable.
M. Marinkovitch drew attention to the new relations that the French Government was proposing to establish with Syria, from which it seemed that Syrian emancipation was now a matter of the near future.
Several speakers welcomed the rapid development of the Mandated territories towards self-government.