Lake Succes (Aug. 27)
Of three European countries among ten nations which have replied lately to a British request for cooperation in halting illegal immigration to Palestine, only Denmark stated unequivocally that it has taken steps to halt such migration, the U.N. Secretariat disclosed today.
The Danish reply said that a ship which the British Embassy charged was to be used to transport refugees to Palestine was inspected while docked at Copenhagen and was ordered detained when found not have the necessary papers. The Netherlands only acknowledged receipt of the request, while Yugoslavia said no action had been taken since there has been no instance of Palestine-bound Jews passing through its territory.
The other nations replying were Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Iceland, India and the Philippines. Most of them promised to give careful consideration to the British request, but did not specify any measures they planned to take.
About a month ago, the secretariat released replies from ten other nations, the majority of which agreed to take various measures to check immigration to Palestine. Honduras said it would cancel the registry of ships flying its flag which were being used as blockade runners.
U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie refused at a press conference today to confirm reports of a rift in UNSCOP on the question of partition, although he acknowledged that he had in his possession complete verbatim reports of the committee’s sessions. Lie revealed that Foreign Minister Bevin will head the British delegation to the General Assembly next month, which will act on the UNSCOP report.