Bernadotte’s Handling of Palestine Cease-fire Arrangements Praised in U.N. Circles

Satisfaction was expressed today in United Nations circles with the manner in which Count Folke Bernadotte is handling the truce situation in Palestine, despite the number of complaints of cease-fire violations which continue to reach him from both the Arabs and Jews.

Leading U.N. officials believe that it will be best to give Count Bernadotte a free hand in handling the complaints. The U.N. Secretariat is in constant telephone communication with Bernadotte, who is expected to set up, within a few days, the Necessary machinery in Rhodes for Arab-Jewish peace talks. Information reaching U.N. here from Arab countries indicates that the Arabs insist on holding separate talks with Bernadotte. The Arabs seem determined to avoid a round-table discussion in which both Jews and Arabs could participate. It is possible that Bernadotte may, in the beginning, conduct separate discussions with Jews and Arabs with a view to ultimately bringing them together at one table.

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