Lake Success (Apr. 17)
British and French spokesmen here today in##cated that their governments would favor the appointment of a fact-finding commission composed of representatives of “neutral” small nations when the special ##ited Nations session on Palestine is held at Flushing Meadows. This plan would ## Arabs, Jews and representatives of the Big Five from membership on the inquiry committee.
The British spokesman cited Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Sweden and New Zealand examples of the small powers whose representation on the committee his government would favor. The names of Jan Maseryk of Czechoslovakia and Oswaldo Aranha Brazil were also mentioned as contenders for president of the U.N. session.
The Jewish Agency was reported to have informally indicated that it would request a seat on the floor of the General Assembly without a vote during the ?scussions of the Palestine issue. The first negative reply to the request to ##ld the special U.N, session was received today by Trygve Lie, U.N. Secretary general. It came from Ethiopia, and said that “the Government of Ethiopia does at concur in the utility of convening a special session of the General Assembly ## consider the Palestine question.” As of today, 36 member states of the U.N. ## declared themselves in favor of the session.
Addressing a meeting called by the Hadassah at Hotel Commodore, Mrs. Samuel ## Halprin, member of the Jewish Agency executive, said that the United States must not, and in good conscience cannot remain neutral” when the Palestine issue comes before the special session of the United Nations. She charged that ## neutral stand on Palestine would contradict the utterances of every President ##ce Wilson, and would constitute a deviation from American policy.