Cairo (Mar. 22)
The charter of a League of Arab Nations was signed here today by prime ministers and foreign ministers of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi-Arabia and Transjordan. Mussa el Alami, the representative of the Palestine Arabs who attended the conference at which the charter was drafted, did not sign it because the status of Palestine, as well as his own status, has not been clarified as yet. It is understood, however, the Palestine Arabs will have an cheerver at the permanent office of the League which will be established here.
The charter of the Arab League provides for cultural, economic and political collaboration between the signatory countries. It contains two appendices, one of which deals with Palestine. Pointing out that Article 22 of the Versailles Treaty acknowledges the independence of all Arab countries which were detached from the Ottoman Empire after World War 1, the appendix says that the legal independence of these countries was thus admitted and approved “de jure” by the League of Nations in Geneva.
That is how Palestine was placed under the British Mardate, it continues, and aonsequently, until Palestine gains its “de facto” independence, the conference of the Arab ministers decided that a delegate representing the Arabs of Palestine should participate in the work of the Arab League’s Council. When the status of Palestine will be clarified, the decisions of the Council will automatically become applicable to Palestine.