U.N. Political Committee Will Resume Its Discussions Today on Future of Jerusalem
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U.N. Political Committee Will Resume Its Discussions Today on Future of Jerusalem

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The U.N. subcommittee of the Special Political Committee is expected to submit a report tomorrow on a resolution it adopted Thursday recommending U.N. internationalization of the Jerusalem area. The vote was 9-6, with two abstentions. The subcommittee’s report, it was predicted here today, is not expected to find favor in the 59-member Special Political Committee.

The subcommittee urged the Trusteeship Council to draft a Statute for Jerusalem, “according to the fundamental principles of an international regime” as set forth in the Nov. 29, 1947, partition resolution and recommended that the Council proceed “immediately with implementation.”

During the week-end, the Political Committee approved a $54,900,000 program of both direct relief and works projects for the Palestine Arab refugees. Aubrrey S. Eban, Israel’s delegate to the U.N., pointed out during the discussions that direct negotiations between Israel and each Arab state are necessary for the political settlement of the Middle East.

Declaring that Israel was ready for peace, Mr. Eban said. “We hope the bitterness of war will recede and will become partners in the economic development of the vast territory.” At the same time, striking back at Arab attacks on Israel which had even brought rebuke from the Moslem chairman of the Committee, Nasrollah Entezam, of Iran, Mr. Eban emphasized that a nation’s right to survival took precedence over all other considerations.

“Surrounded by hostile states which show no sign of peaceful intentions and are continuing menacing propaganda for a military second round,” he said, “Israel knows that the mass repatriation of refugees would constitute a grave danger to the nation’s security.”

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