New York (Sep. 14)
Every effort must be made to reach a solution of the Palestine issue at the forthcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly which opens at Lake Success on Tuesday, and the peoples directly concerned should accept the recommendations of the Assembly as a basis of a final solution, Secretary of State George C. Marshall declared this afternoon in a speech before the American Association for the United Nations here.
In the section of his talk devoted to Palestine, Marshall said: “The matter of Palestine will be before the forthcoming Assembly for solution. We believe that the techniques which have been used by the Assembly thus far in dealing with this question have been soundly conceived. After preliminary consideration, the General Assembly established a commission of representatives of disinterested states which have inquired into the problem and reported its conclusions and recommendations to the Assembly.
“We believe that it is of the greatest importance that every effort be made to obtain the maximum agreement in the General Assembly on a solution for that problem and that the peoples directly concerned will accept the recommendations of the coming General Assembly as a basis for a definitive solution of this complex matter.”
(In Buenos Aires, the DAIA, central representative body of the Jews of Argentina, the Zionist Central Council and the local office of the Jewish Agency have sent a joint appeal to Secretary of State Marshall, urging the United States to “use its influence in obtaining the adoption of the UNSCOP majority report at the United Nations General Assembly.” The appeal also asked the American Government to “participate in the responsibility for the report’s implementation.”)
In United Nations circles this week-end it was predicted that Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States and an alternate on the Canadian delegation to the Assembly session, will be elected chairman of the 55-member working committee on Palestine which is expected to be set up by the Assembly to consider the report of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. Pearson served as chairman of the Political Committee, a similar 55-nation body, at the special Assembly session called to consider the Palestine issue last April. It was that session that UNSCOP was organized.