LAKE SUCCESS (Dec. 19)
The U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission announced today that it will put forth its own plan for the future boundaries of Palestine. The Commission said it had a right to do this in submitting its fifth progress report to the Security Council. It emphasized that the resolution of the General Assembly session in Paris last year empowered members of the Commission to act in this direction.
The Commission indicated it will embark on this course to break the deadlock between Arabs and Israel on the territorial problems of Palestine. It added that it “hopes to undertake this task with the interested parties and thereby bring to a successful conclusion the mission entrusted to it by the Assembly.” The Commission will reconvene in Geneva January 16 to continue these negotiations and to study the final report of the Economy Survey Mission.
The second and final report of the Economic Survey Mission for the Middle East recommending long-range work projects for Syria, Lebanon and Transjordan, was signed in Paris yesterday by the mission chief, Gordon R. Clapp. The projects are designed to help employ 650,000 Palestine Arab refugees on Middle East public works programs. Mr. Clapp made it clear that the mission planned no projects for Israel, saying that the Jewish state had foreign sources for capital and technical knowledge.