LAKE SUCCESS (Aug. 5)
United Nations today reported large-scale withdrawals of military equipment from Palestine following conclusion of all armistice agreements.
On July 31 forty-three tons of equipment loaned to the U.N. mediator by the United States was removed by the U.S. naval transport Marquette from the port of Haifa where it was assembled from many parts of the Middle East where U.N. truce teams operated. Additional material loaned by the United Kingdom will be returned later.
This withdrawal of supplies is the first step in the reduction of the U.N. supervisory organization in Palestine to a skeleton staff of observers who will implement the armistice accords.
Palestine was well on its way to a peace settlement, according to a statement made by U.N. Acting Secretary-General Byron Price today. In his weekly press conference, Mr. Price designated Palestine along with Indonesia and Kashmir as areas in which peaceful negotiations were definitely moving “toward settlement”.
The British delegation to the United Nations today issued a statement on the declaration made by its chief delegate, Sir Terence Shone, at the U.N. Security Council session yesterday on the lifting of the Middle East arms embargo. It was emphasized that Britain “has paid great respect” to the U.N. truce resolution on Palestine despite its treaty obligations to the Arab states.