PARIS (Nov. 2)
The five-nation Security Council sub-committee which was formed to draft a compromise of the British-Chinese resolution demanding that Israel and Egypt return to their positions in the Negov as of Oct. 14 or face U.N. sanctions today voted to adopt the essence of the Anglo-Chinese plan when Belgium joined the two authors of the proposal and outvoted France and the Ukraine.
Simultaneously with the presentation of the majority report to the next Council meeting Thursday, the Ukraine will propose a counter resolution. France’s position at the sub-committee session today was that it reserves the right to offer an amendment to the majority resolution eliminating all mention of sanctions.
The Ukrainian substitute, which was submitted to the sub-committee and rejected by the British, Chinese and Belgian representatives, reads: “The Security Council taking into consideration the conditions listed in the resolution adopted Oct. 19–conditions which are to be carefully studied on the basis of further negotiations between the Arabs and Jews–calls upon the parties to negotiate either directly or through the United Nations mediator on the basis of the Oct. 19 resolution with a view to the peaceful settlement of questions not solved and requests the acting mediator to offer the parties his good offices and assistance to conduct the negotiations.”
During the debate, Britain’s Sir Alexander Cadogan criticized the Ukrainian suggestion for being completely opposed to the Sino-British proposals and for ignoring the questions of withdrawal and sanctions. Dmitri Manuilsky of the Ukraine said the situation in the Negev and northern Palestine was now considerably more peaceful, making the British-Chinese approach artificial and unnecessary. Other aspects of the Palestine situation, such as the question of Arab refugees, are more acute, Manuilski emphasized.
AMERICAN DELEGATION AWAITING INSTRUCTIONS FROM WASHINGTON
An American delegation spokesmen today declared that the delegation has not yet reached a decision on the imposition of sanctions on Israel if she does not retreat from her Negev positions. He added that the matter has been referred to Washington for decision and an answer is expected some time tomorrow.
At a second session of the sub-committee this afternoon, acting mediator Dr. Ralph Bunche presented his presented his proposals for peace in Palestine, a U.N. spokesman revealed. The meeting was purely explanatory in nature and vague in character and although each of the five members of the sub-committee commented on Bunche’s plan, he was careful to point out that these were his personal comments, not the position of his government.