U.N. Sub-committee on Arab Proposals to Press Bi-national, State As “compromise”
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U.N. Sub-committee on Arab Proposals to Press Bi-national, State As “compromise”

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A “compromise” solution of the Palestine problem, involving the establishment of a bi-national state, is taking shape within the United Nations sub-committee studying Arab proposals to the Ad Hoc Committee, it was learned here.

The latest “compromise” is known to have originated with the Colombian chairman of the sub-group, Dr. Genzales Fernandez, who is the only non-Moslem on the body. Apparently Lebanon and Iraq have been swung over to advocacy of the proposal.

Members of the committee who favor the scheme argue that a recommendation for ## bi-national state rather than a unitary Arab state would place the Arabs in a better light since it would make them appear willing to compromise. It is considered possible that such a proposition could receive a two-thirds majority vote because many “neutral” delegations which are now inclined to abstain from voting might favor it.

Also, the proponents of the scheme hope to be able to obtain the support of the Soviet delegation which was originally in favor of a bi-national state. Finally, it is expected that Britain might also support it as a solution acceptable to both peoples and therefore would be willing to remain in Palestine alone during the transition period.

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