WASHINGTON (Jun. 23)
Secretary of State Dean Acheson said at his press conference today that if a survey of the U. N. Palestine Conciliation Commission talks at Lausanne indicates that the negotiations are stalemated, he thought that the United States would take the position that the talks be recessed so that Israeli and Arab delegates could go home and consult with their governments. He also issued the following prepared statement:
“The Palestine Conciliation Commission- in Lausanne is now trying to develop in as much detail as possible the position of Arab and Israeli representatives on the principal questions which remain unsolved. This effort is designed to discover whether there is at present any basis for agreement and, if not. exactly what the points of difference are.
“It may become necessary for the Commission to adjourn its work for a brief period in order to permit the several delegations to consult their governments and to give an opportunity for further informal discussions. In any event, the work of the Commission itself would continue through its general political committee, its technical committee on refugees and its Jerusalem committee.
“Since these discussions are now going on with the Palestine Conciliation Commission, I do not wish to try to deal with the merits of particular issues. As a member of the Commission, the United States will do everything it can to find a basis for a settlement.”