Palestine Tops List of Issues in U.N. Secretary’s Annual Report to General Assembly

The subject of Palestine tops the list of major political issues covered in the annual report of U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie to the forthcoming session of the General Assembly, it was learned here today.

The Palestine issue also heads the list of major disputes which have come before the international body during the past year. In an introduction to the report, Lie points out that the United Nations took the position of opposing any compulsory enforcement of the partition resolution of last November.

Twenty-five thousand immigrants entered Israel in the first nine weeks after the establishment of the state, and between 100,000 and 120,000 Jewish immigrants will be brought to Israel annually, it was revealed here in a report by Immigration Minister Moshe Shapiro transmitted to the U.N. Another report by Agriculture Minister Aharon Zisling described the labor shortage as a major difficulty facing the country’s agriculture.

Frontier control is now maintained at the ports of Haifa and Tel Aviv and the airports of Haifa and Ein Shemer, and it is hoped that Lydda airport will soon be in use again, the report said. Since the end of May, Israeli passport officers in many countries have been issuing visas which have been recognized in practice by the governments of the countries of transit. Visas are granted on arrival to persons from countries where there is as yet no Israeli passport officer.

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