Washington (Mar. 21)
The United States Government is going to take to the United Nations’ meeting at San Francisco, opening April 25, a fully matured plan for dealing with the complicated subject of mandated territories which include Palestine, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns on high authority.
The essence of the change which this government intends to propose and sponsor is that an international body be given the right of inspection in territories being administered by mandatory powers. This constitutes a considerable change from the method in force under the League of Nations whereby, each year, a questionaire was submitted to the mandatory power and the representatives of that power concerned with the mandated territory had to answer questions.
The State Department feels that this entire system should be “tightwed up.” Instead of merely submitting a questionnaire, the international body which is being proposed should have the right to send its technical representatives, physicians, sani tary experts, economists and social analysts to the scene to make their own observations and report on what they they themselves see and learn.
Russia is expected to take part in the general planning for mandates and colonies. In 1933, when Russia joined the old League of Nations, the Soviet Goverment was not only disinterested in the question of mandates but refused to have anything to do with it. But now the Soviet Government has agreed in informal conversations that this subject is to be placed on the San Francisco conference agenda and the Soviet may be expected to take its share of responsibility for whatever measures are advocated and whatever machinery is devised to deal with these problems.