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U.N. Mediator for Palestine Arrives in Paris; Says His Mission May Not Succeed

Count Folke Bernadotte, who has been appointed United Nations mediator in the Palestine conflict, told a press conference here today that he knows his mission has little finance for success. He revealed that he is flying to Athens en route to Palestine on Thursday in a special plane that has been painted white and that bears Red Cross and U.N. markings.

Bernadotte, who during the closing months of the war was instrumental in rescuing hundreds of Jews imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, bringing them to Sweden, told newsmen that he would attempt to solve the Palestine problem on a humanitarian, not political, basis. he also revealed that he is seeing “important persons” in Paris, including French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault.

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