LAKE SUCCESS (Apr. 14)
Members of the U.N. Security Council today ?rafted a resolution on a Palestine truce, to be adopted formally by the Council tomorrow, calling upon Jews and Arabs to cease military and para-military activities in Palestine and asking the British Government to supervise the execution of the truce.
The text of the resolution was communicated to Moshe Shertok and Jamal Husseini by Dr. Alfonso Lopez, president of the Council, who met separately with the two representatives this afternoon. It is understood that the resolution has the strong support of the United States. Soviet delegate Andrei Gromyko objected, at today’s informal meeting of the Council, to the part of the resolution which deals with political truce.
The resolution calls upon all persons and organizations in Palestine and especially upon the Arab Higher Committee and the Jewish Agency “to take immediately, without prejudice to their rights, claims, or positions, and as a contribution to the well-being and permanent interests of Palestine,” the following measures:
1. Cease all activities of a military or para-military nature as well as acts of violence, terrorism and sabotage;
2. Refrain from “bringing into Palestine armed bands or individuals, what-ever their origin, armed or who are capable of bearing arms, and from assisting or encouraging the entry into Palestine of such armed bands and individuals;
3. Refrain from “importing or acquiring or assisting or encouraging the importation or acquisition of weapons or war materials;”
4. Refrain, “pending further consideration of the future government of Palestine by the General Assembly, from any political activities which might prejudice the rights, claims or positions” of either community;
5. Cooperate with the “Mandatory authorities for the effective maintenance of law and order and of essential services, particularly those relating to transportation, communications, health, food and water supplies.”
6. Refrain from “any action which will endanger the safety of the Holy Places in Palestine.”
The resolution simultaneously requests the United Kingdom Government, for so long as it remains the Mandatory Power, to use its best effort to bring all those concerned in Palestine to accept the above measures and, subject to retaining the freedom of action of its own forces, to supervise the execution of these measures by all those concerned, and to keep the Security Council and the General Assembly currently informed on the situation in Palestine.”
The resolution also calls upon “all governments, and particularly those of the countries neighboring Palestine, to take all possible steps” to assist in the implementation of the truce measures and “particularly those referring to the entry into Palestine of armed bands.
The U.N. Palestine Commission today addressed a letter to the British Government reiterating its request that Britain, as the Mandatory Power procure food supplies for Palestine until June 30, to be charged against the country revenue.