Body Considers Recommendations on Interim Regime in Palestine; Session is Secret
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Body Considers Recommendations on Interim Regime in Palestine; Session is Secret

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Faced with a deadline of five days in which agree upon a successor regime to the British Administration in Palestine, the U.N. ##tical Committee’s sub-committee today discussed behind closed doors a draft resolution aimed at “Preventing hostilities and meting the emergency that arises after Mandatory Power has laid down its Mandate on May 15.” The document was drawn by the sub-unit’s rapporteur, Finn Moe of Norway.

The resolution emphasizes that acceptance of its recommendations by the concluding parties in Palestine does not in any way prejudice the legal position of ##her the Jews or the Arabs and is not intended to alter “as far as possible” their ##facto position, or prejudice the ultimate character of the adjustment of the ##uation in Palestine. It recommends:1. That the Arab and Jewish communities in Palestine agree on a truce cough the good offices of the truce acceptable to both parties and refrain from the ##eat or use of force which might be prejudicial to the truce.

2. That the member states and all other governments and peoples do everything in their power to encourage the establishment and maintenance of a truce in Palestine, refrain from any action which might be prejudicial to the truce, especially ##eats of or the use of force, and in all their actions be guided by a spirit of ##trality and impartiality towards the parties in Palestine.3. That the Arab and Jewish communities in Palestine develop the central services already functioning within their communities in order to establish in the ##rts of Palestine where on May 16 they exercise civil and military authority, except the city of Jerusalem, a provisional administration which will make it possible maintain domestic security and care for the vital needs of the Population.

4. That the city of Jerusalem be submitted to a special provisional regime according to which a municipal commissioner, acceptable to both Arabs and Jews, shall with the consent and cooperation of community committees already existing in Jerusalem ##scribed in Annex A.5. That the Arab and Jewish communities recognize the authority of the United actions Temporary Central Commission in Palestine.


1. Act as a temporary representative of the United Nations in Palestine in ## matters not concerning the truce.

2. Without interfering with the activities of the truce commission, do its most to prevent violence and induce collaboration between the Arab and the Jewish communities.

3. Seek the agreement of the Arab and Jewish communities in order to, and ## such agreement is obtained with one or both communities, act as custodian of the assets of the Palestinian Government.

4. Seek the agreement of the Arab and Jewish communities to a plan for the continuation and maintenance of the central services by cooperation between the two communities.

5. In agreement with both the Arab and Jewish communities, or one of them, act as intermediary for both or one of them: (a) In negotiations with the former Mandatory Power; (b) In negotiating with the commanding officer of the forces of the former Mandatory Power; (c) For the Palestine currency board; (d) Concerning sterling bloc balances; (e) In negotiations emergency food council.

6. When called upon by one or the other community, or by a foreign government or by an international agency, act as intermediary in negotiations between the community and the government or the agency.

7. Seek the agreement of the Arab and Jewish communities to any plan or measure of cooperation between the two communities, which, in the opinion of the Commission are advisable and may bring beneficial results for one or both communities.

8. Act as intermediary and mediator between the two communities with a view to obtaining agreement in any matters except meters concerning the tense in which one or the other community seeks the assistance of the Commission or presents complaints to the Commission.

9. To investigate as far as the Commission deems it advisable, the possibilities of a peaceful adjustment of the situation in Palestine and report to the third regular session of the General Assembly.

The document concludes with a recommendation that the General Assembly include “the peaceful adjustment of the situation in Palestine” as an item on the agenda of its forthcoming session, which will take place in Paris in September.

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