San Francisco (May. 31)
The Soviet request for elimination of the “Palestine clause” has not yet been placed before the trusteeship committee, Prime Minister Peter Fraser of New Zealand, who is chairman of the committee, declared today at a press conference.
Mr. Fraser made this announcement following a session of the trusteeship comrittee which took place today after being postponed several times since last week. Ee appealed to the press not to make the work of the committee more difficult. “Our committee is an arena for all nationalities who have grievances and those who have mandates and are associated with mandates,” he said. He emphasized that at today’s sassion no agreement was reached on the controvertial issues before the committee.
The Prime Minister refused to comment on the Soviet request, which is now under disoussion among the big powers, until it is brought before the trusteeship committee. However, he indicated that the situation with regard to the Russian demand looks faverable and that he believes that the matter will be straightened out,
The Iraq delegation, which is preparing a new amendment to the trusteeship proposal with a view to securing eventual independence for Palestine as an Arab State, did not bring up any amendments at today’s session of the committee.