Last Minute News Britain Calls Upon U.N. to Establish Temporary “neutral” Regime in Palestine
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Last Minute News Britain Calls Upon U.N. to Establish Temporary “neutral” Regime in Palestine

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Britain today called on the United Nations to ?op all talk of trusteeship for Palestine and to create, before May 15, a temporary ?utral” authority under the U.N. that would take over central administrative responsibilities upon the expiration on of the Mandate.

Arthur Creech-Jones, British Colonial Secretary, again restated his country’s ? termination to end the Mandate within less than two weeks and warned the General assembly’s Political Committee that it could not hope to find a practical formula for nature government in so short a time.

It was clear that by the tern “neutral” Britain was trying to rule out such ? existing body as the U.N. Palestine Commission, which is committed to carry out ? partition plan. Informed source were inclined to interpret the British maneuver ? an attempt to cut the legal ground from under the plan to proclaim a Jewish state ? May 16.

“I am not suggesting trusteeship,” Creech-Jones said, “because it has found ? acceptance and both sides are likely to regard it as the postponement of independence and implying a further period of tutelage.” He said the dispatching of British reinforcements to Palestine implied no clang in policy nor did it mean an ?alteration in the British evacuation program. Reinforcements were sent in, he ?seerted, to secure the British position in Palestine so long as the Mandate lasts ?nd then to protect the evacuation which will be completed by August 1.

The neutral U.N. administration would have the task of taking over assets of ##e Palestine Government to prevent looting, to further mediation between Arabs and ?ews and to act as “a unifying central body.” Even under partition, he declared, economic union was considered essential and the U.N. regime would have to handles those economic and administrative problems which apply to the country as a whole, ?ather or not it is eventually divided into two states.


Gen. A.G.L. McNaughton of Canada promptly supported the British suggestion which was also welcomed by the delegations of Bolivia and Greece. Further discussion {SPAN}##s{/SPAN} postponed until tomorrow.

The Trusteeship Council has agreed to lot the Jews and Arabs work out truce ##rss for the old City of Jerusalem directly with British High Commissioner Sir Alan ?amingham. The agreement was reached with the comment of the Jewish and Arab ? ?tes to the Council.

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