New York (Oct. 30)
The British delegation at the United Nations today submitted to Secretary-General Trygve Lie a list of some forty non-self-governing territories concerning which Britain would be ready to supply data on the economic, social and educational conditions of their inhabitants. No mention of Palestine is made on this list.
The action of the British delegation came in reply to a request by Lie for information on the territories which have not yet attained a full measure of self-government. This request was made on the basis of article 73 of the United Nations charter.
Emphasizing the absence of Palestine from the list submitted by Britain was a report made public today by the Secretary-General which noted that the British Government had signed an international convention in 1930 listing Palestine among its territories “which are not fully self-governing.”
At today’s session of the U.N. General Assembly Lebanon followed the lead of the other members of the Arab League by urging that the refugee problem be divorced from all political considerations. Lebanese delegate C. Chamoun, in an obvious reference to Jewish immigration to Palestine, declared that his country, in full agreement with the other countries of the Arab League, “could not admit that the question of refugees and displaced persons should be deviated from its purely humanitarian character in order to serve political ends or ambitions.” He did not refer to the recommendation made earlier this week by Syria and Egypt for the repatriation of displaced Jews to their native lands.