LAUSANNE (Sep. 8)
King Abdullah of Transjordan will not accept the United Nations Conciliation Commission’s report on the internationalization of Jerusalem, Saudi Mulki Pasha, head of the Transjordan delegation to the peace talks here, declared today. The report has not yet been published.
Mulki Pasha said Abdullah’s main objection arises from the Commission’s proposal to place local autonomy in the hands of the respective Jewish and Arab municipal authorities. According to Mulki Pasha, Abdullah feels this would leave Jewish Jerusalem under the control of Jews who consider themselves as Israel citizens in every respect whereas Jerusalem’s Arabs would have no allegiance to Transjordan.
The three other Arab delegations–Egypt, Syria and The Lebanon–also reject the Commission’s proposals. They consider the report makes too great a concession to Jewish demands and allows Jerusalem’s Jews far too much autonomy and far too many rights.
(A compromise on the future of Jerusalem is necessary, the London Times today declared in an editorial which welcomed the formation of the U.N. Palestine economic survey mission. The best chance of securing such a compromise, the newspaper said, lies in economic pressure.)