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U.N. Mediator on Palestine May Terminate His Services; Considers His Mission Completed

The services of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche as U.N. acting Palestine mediator may be terminated next week when the Security Council receives his final report on the armistices concluded between Israel and the Arab states. Dr. Bunche considers his mission completed.

This was announced today by acting U.N. Secretary-General Byron Price at a press conference here. Mr. Price said he could not comment on the possibility that the Council may recruit Dr. Bunche to assist the Conciliation Commission in its efforts at Lausanne to achieve a permanent Arab-Israeli peace. Mr. Price added that it is hoped Dr. Bunche’s report will be a stimulus to the Lausanne talks to “reach a final solution.”

Mr. Price announced that the newly-appointed U.S. delegate to the Commission, Paul A. Porter, who replaces Mark Ethridge, has already arrived in Lausanne and is participating in the work of the Commission.