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Bevin Pledges British Government’s Support for Bernadotte Proposals on Palestine

British support for Bernadotte’s report as a whole was pledged in the House of Commons today by Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin. He declared that the British delegation to the United Nations will be instructed to follow this policy. This does not mean immediate recognition of Israel, he said.

After paying tribute to Bernadotte’s humanitarian services, the British Foreign Minister told the House of Commons that the assassins intended to prevent a successful conclusion of Bernadotte’s mediation mession. “The best way to commemorate his death is to complete his work on the basis of the proposals which he put forward just before his death,” Bevin said.

“We do not expect that either side will welcome the proposals in toto,” Bevin continued, “but the world cannot wait forever for parties to agree. How is the time for a final solution to be found by the United Nations. His Majesty’s Government carefully studied the proposals and believes that the conclusions must be considered as a single integrated plan. We hope the United Nations will lose no time in throwing the full weight of its authority behind the proposals.”