New York (Jul. 24)
The Soviet Government may raise the Palestine question before the Security Council of the United Nations within the next few days, when Transjordan’s application for admission to the United Nations will be discussed.
This was indicated today by a Soviet spokesman here following the disclosure last night by the Secretariat of the United Nations of the receipt of communications from the governments of Egypt and Iraq, requesting the British Government to enter into negotiations with the seven Arab States “to end the present situation in Palestine and to install a new regime in accordance with the provisions and the aims expressed in the charter of the United Nations.”
The two governments, speaking also for five other members of the Arab League, asked the Secretariat of the United Nations to bring their communications “to the knowledge of all members of the United Nations”, emphasizing that they intend to place their proposals with regard to Palestine before the General Assembly of the United Nations in September.
United Nations officials today interpreted the communications of the two members of the Arab League as an attempt to place Palestine under United Nations trusteeship. The request that the two notes be circulated to all members of the United Nations was complied with by the U.N. Secretariat. The notes demanded that all Jewish immigration to Palestine be halted pending agreement on a new Palestinian regime.
AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE REACHED IN TIME FOR U.N. ASSEMBLY, BRITISH SAY
British sources in the United Nations today said that Egypt’s and Iraq’s notes do not add anything to the British decision to discuss the Palestine issue with both Arabs and Jews before agreeing to any final settlement of the problem. At the same time, they indicated that the problem was too complicated to reach a final agreement with the Arab States in time for submission to the forthcoming session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Soviet spokesman who declared that his government might raise the Palestine question before the U.N. Security Council within a few days declined to go into details. He also refused to commit himself as to whether his government would support or oppose the admission of Transjordan to the United Nations.
The New York Post today predicted that a “Big Three” split over Palestine may occur if the issue is raised before the United Nations. “It seems that only the attainment of an equitable solution of the problem by Anglo-American negotiators in London would serve to heal the breach, and even then the Soviet Union may act alone,” the paper said.