LAKE SUCCESS (Oct. 28)
The Israel Government has refused to make any further territorial concessions in the negotiations for the Palestine peace, it was learned on reliable authority here today. Israel’s latest memorandum on this subject was delivered this morning to the U.N. Conciliation Commission for Palestine.
The Tel Aviv reply was made in response to a memorandum forwarded by the Commission on Sept. 12 to all parties to the Palestine dispute in an effort to find out whether any of the parties are prepared to change their positions. The Commission’s inquiry was confined mainly to the question of boundaries. However, it is understood that Israel’s reply referred also to the refugee problem.
A report from Washington last night stated that Paul A. Porter had resigned his post as American delegate to the United Nations Palestine Commission. Mr. Porter’s resignation is the second in four months of American delegates to the Commission, Mark Ethridge’s being the first.
Yesterday, Iran and Brazil filed a formal proposal in the U.N. Assembly Legal Committee authorizing the Secretary-General to collect damages from states responsible for death of and injury to U.N. personnel suffered in line of duty. Claims approved by the International Court of Justice involve Israel and some Arab states, particularly in respect to the Count Folke Bernadotte assassination. The proposal authorizes the Secretary-General to submit his claim for arbitration if it is contested by the governments involved.
Secretary-General Trygve Lie today issued a memorandum advocating the appointment of a U.N. High Commissioner to carry on the unfinished work of the International Refugee Organization. The I.R.O. itself offered an alternative plan for the continuation of the services through a special department of the Secretariat.