LAKE SUCCESS (Feb. 25)
The Security Council today adjourned discussion of the Palestine case until Friday afternoon, when the representative of the U.S.S.R. is expected to express the views of his government with regard to the question of implementing the partition decision and sending an international armed force to Palestine.
Senator Warren Austin, head of the American delegation, today formally introduced a resolution in the Council which provides for the establishment of a Security Council committee composed of the Big Five. The functions this committee, according to the resolution, would be:
1. To inform the Security Council regarding the situation in Palestine and to make recommendations to it regarding the guidance and instructions which the Council might usefully give to the Palestine commission.
2. To consider whether the situation with respect to Palestine constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and to report its conclusions as a matter of urgency to the Council, together with any recommendations for action by the Council, which it considers appropriate.
3. To consult with the Palestine Commission and the Mandatory Power and representatives of the Jewish and Arab Communities of Palestine concerning the implementation of the partition decision adopted by the General Assembly.
The American resolution also urges the Security Council to appeal to all governments and peoples, particularly in and around Palestine, to take all possible action to prevent or reduce such disorders as are now occurring in Palestine.
In presenting his resolution, Senator Austin declared that the United States Government could not support the proposal submitted yesterday by the delegate from Colombia which suggested the calling of a special session of the General Assembly to “reconsider” the partition decision.
Mahmoud Bey Fawzi, the Egyptian representative, told the Security Council that “the Charter and the United Nations will not crumble and fall apart if one more of the Assembly’s resolutions is not put into effect, but the Charter and the United Nations will crumble and fall apart if we try to extort enforcement of partition.”
The mere arrival of the Palestine Commission in Palestine would inflame feelings there so much that “irreparable damage is bound to follow,” he warned. It could easily be imagined, he added, “to what pitch of rage” Arab feelings would rice if a Jewish militia were established and if any attempt were made to send a non-Palestinian armed force into Palestine.