Last Minute News First Palestine Truce Meeting Lasts Two Hours; Arab Insists on Unilateral Talks

The first Arab-Jewish meeting on a Palestine truce arranged by the U.N. Security Council lasted more than two hours today, ?ith Moshe Shertok and Jamal Husseini facing each other for only a few minutes. separate discussions were conducted by Dr. Alfonso Lopez, president of the Council, ?ith Shertok and Husseini, after the Arab representative insisted on unilateral talks before joining in round-table negotiations.

Strict secrecy on today’s deliberations was imposed by Dr. Lopez on both parties. In the few minutes that Shertok and Husseini joined with him, Dr. Lopez made ?t clear to them that the Security Council is interested in reaching an agreement ?th the least possible delay. He advised them to be ready to meet with him again tomorrow or the following day. (See earlier report on the truce negotiations on page 1.)

The U.N. Palestine Commission today decided to call the attention of the Security Council to the critical food situation developing in Palestine. In a special report to the Council, the Commission will emphasize the situation likely to rise in Palestine after May 15.

Today’s decision was prompted by a letter which the Commission received from the British Government stating that the British will not make arrangements for the ?port of vital food commodities unless they receive advance payment for the amount evolved in such stockpiling. The letter was in reply to a Commission request that the Palestine Government stockpile food supplies up to June 30.

The Security Council today failed to take any action a U.S.-supported proposal to reconsider the application of Transjordan for U.N. membership. During the discussions, Soviet delegate ?r##yke said he would favor the admission of Transjordan the Russian-sponsored proposal for the admission of the Mongolian People’s Republic were approved.

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