Lake Success (Oct. 30)
The U.S. delegation will make its long-awaited statement on implementation of the UNSCOP partition plan at a closed session tomorrow of the partition sub-committee of the U.N. Ad Hoc Committee on Palestine, the Jewish telegraphic Agency learned today.
The statement will deal with the transition period and the transfer of authority to the independent Jewish and Arab states. Herschel Johnson, American delegate on the Palestine Committee, will elaborate on it at a press conference later.
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The modifications proposed by the Agency do not touch, so far, on the question of inclusion of the Jewish part of Jerusalem in the Jewish state. This question was left open for further discussion. The Agency proposals concentrate primarily on the inclusion of Western Galilee and of straightening out certain geographic lines in the UNSCOP map. These modifications would increase the Jewish state by 1,000,000 dunams, mostly uncultivated.
The American proposals would remove certain areas, especially the city of Jaffa, from the Jewish state and are made with a view to decreasing the number of Arabs in the proposed Jewish state. Commenting on its proposals, the American delegation made it clear today that the UNSCOP report remained the basis of the U.S. position.
Dr. Oswaldo Aranha, president of the General Assembly, today told the JTA he expects the Assembly to vote on Palestine the middle of the month. Many delegates have booked passage for Nov. 26 in expectation that the Assembly will adjourn by Nov. 20.
The American delegation was reported today to have approached various "neutral" delegations to sound them out on the partition plan. This was seen as an indication that the U.S. is finally determined to secure the necessary two-thirds majority at the Assembly in favor of partition.