LONDON (Mar. 31)
The first indication that Britain may agree to share responsibility with other nations in administering Palestine under United nations sponsorship, providing America’s attempt to establish an Arab-Jewish truce succeeds, were seen today in “what are believed to “be inspired reports appearing in London newspapers.
Although the government is determined to surrender the Mandate and complete the military evacuation on schedule, the reports say, there is no longer any attempt to hide the fact that Britain say not yet be “finished with Palestine,” If President Truman’s truce efforts succeed and the Jews and Arabs accept new U.H. proposals for the future government of Palestine, then Sir Alexander Cadogan, head of the British delegation at the U.N., will he instructed to offer Britain’s assistance in administering Palestine under the new set-up, the papers predict.
The papers emphasize, however, that British troops must be withdrawn from Palestine before any share of the responsibility, for governing the country can be accepted. Furthermore, other powers must join in carrying out the U.N. plan and the Jews and Arabs must agree on whatever proposals the U.N. adopts.
After May 15, the reports add, Britain will technically have no responsibility for Palestine other than that shared by other U.N. member states. It is possible, therefore, that the British may offer their own “constructive recommendations” for a settlement in Palestine, after the Mandate expires.