Lake Success (Dec. 3)
No major decisions on Palestine will be taken by ## organ of the United Nations until the five-man Implementation Commission is constituted, Secretary-General Trygve Lie indicated today. Lie was questioned at a ## conference at which he confirmed that he would soon leave for Palestine for a ###nal on-the-spot survey.
The Secretary-General announced the appointment of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche as ## of the 60-man U.N. staff which will be sent to Palestine to assist the Implemenation Commission’s staff. Dr. Bunche, who is the director of the U.N. Trustee## Division, is a noted anthropologist and an authority on dependent territories. ##rved last summer with UNSCOP during its investigations in Palestine.
At his press conference, Mr. Lie also announced that he has formally notified ## Security Council of the Assembly’s decision to authorize the Council to take ##ever action may be necessary if the peace of Palestine is threatened. However, ##expressed the belief that the Security Council will approach the Palestine situation ## very carefully. The next meeting of the Council is tentatively scheduled for ## Tuesday, at which time it is expected that it will take some cognizance of the Palestine situation.The U.N. working group named to draft a constitution for the international ## of Jerusalem held its first meeting today. U.S. representative Benjamin Gerig ## named chairman of the group and Sir Allan Burns, British representative, was ##ed vice-chairman. The group consists of representatives of Australia, China, France, Mexico, Britain and the United States. The body will hold daily meetings for the purpose of taking “rapid and constructive action” on the status of Jerusalem, it was announced.
No final decision was taken on the question of whether representatives of Jews and Arabs will be invited to assist in drafting the constitution.