Britain Proposes New Truce Plan; Will Arm Arabs Unless U.N. Orders World Embargo

Britain today informed the Security Council that unless the United nations clamps a world-wide embargo on arms shipments to both Jews and Arabs, it will continue to send military supplies to Egypt, Iraq and Transjordan, “in completion of its existing contracts.”

Sir Alexander Cadogan made the long-awaited declaration and introduced a new resolution which would call upon both sides to accept a four-week cease-fire during which immigration of “able-bodied men of military age” and all war materials shall be barred from Palestine.

The U.N. mediator, a truce commission, and a staff of military observers would supervise the observance of these provisions and, after consulting both sides, the mediator would be asked to recommend an eventual settlement to the Security Council. Under the British plan the mediator would report to the Council once a week. The statement attempted to white-wash the British role in Palestine and the role of Abdullah’s Arab Legion. It was the Stern group, Cadogan said, which had broken the truce in the Old City of Jerusalem negotiated by the British High Commissioner before he left Palestine. Cadogan declared that 21 British officers serving with the ### legion would be recalled but that the remaining 16, including Legion Commander ######## “have now terminated all connection with British service.” ##### delegate Andrei Gromyko introduced a draft resolution, which said that,

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