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Trusteeship Council Shelves Consideration of International Regime for Jerusalem

The U.N. Trusteeship Council today shelved consideration of an international statute for the city of Jerusalem for an indefinite time. The motion to postpone the problem was carried eight to one, with three abstentions.

The lone objector, Semyon Tsarapkin of the Soviet Union, pressed for Trustee-ship Council action as ordered in the General Assembly partition resolution of last November, Continuously demanding by what legal right the Council could adjourn consideration of the problem, Tsarapkin flatly accused the members of the trusteeship body of evading their legal duties under the Assembly resolution and the U.N. Charter.

The Soviet delegation insisted that the failure to establish the international regime was responsible for the confusion and violence in Jerusalem. He also charged the United States with attempting to reverse partition.The U.S. and British representatives, who voted with the majority for postponement, did not participate in the debate.

In a note to the president of the Security Council, the Israeli Government to-day denied British allegations before the Council that the arrest of the five British engineers in Jerusalem on charges of espionage constituted a violation of the Truce commission or the U.N. flag. Israeli representative Aubrey Eban said the men were arrested in their homes and not on truce premises as alleged by the British.

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