PARIS (Sep. 28)
French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann indicated today in an address before the U.N. General Assembly that France is less insistent upon United Nations adoption of the Bernadette report as a whole than are Britain and the United States.
The former French Premier asserted that the internationalization of Jerusalem “is the only solution” which would ensure the preservation of the Holy Places there “As for the rest of the recommendations, it is our opinion that the late mediator’s proposals can usefully serve as a basis for discussion on the understanding that final acceptance by the peoples concerned must remain the fundamental condition of a lasting settlement,” he said.
Acting U.N. mediator Ralph Bunche presented this afternoon to the Security Council a report on Palestine asking the Council to take urgent measures “to ensure that the aims of the United Nations in Palestine should not be frustrated by criminal bands” such as the one responsible for the assassination of the late Count Folke Bernadotte.
The report, which covers the details of the assassination, lays responsibility for it at the door of the Israeli Government. “The conclusion seems inescapable that there was negligence on the part of authorities of the Jewish-occupied area of Jerusalem with respect to security precautions affecting the safety of the mediator,” the report says. It also speaks of a climate of opposition and suspicion to the U.N. mediation effort in Palestine created by the Jewish press and in certain pronouncements of Jewish officials which brought about a “potentially dangerous situation” and which led to Count Bernadotte’s death.