GENEVA (Jan. 24)
A new plan for the internationalization of only the Holy Places in Jerusalem has been submitted to Israel and the various Arab governments by the chairman of the United Nations Trusteeship Council, Ambassador Roger Garreau, it was learned here today. To enable the governments concerned to reply before the discussions on the status of Jerusalem are resumed, the chairman has informed members of the Trusteeship Council that he proposes to adjourn the consideration of the Jerusalem question until next Monday.
It is believed in U.N. circles here that Israel and Jordan may find the new Garreau plan generally acceptable, but that other Arab states will reject it out of hand. If, however, Israel also refuses to consider this new plan, then it appears to be the intention of Mr. Garreau to proceed forthwith with the drafting of a Jerusalem statute in accordance with the U.N. General Assembly resolution without further reference to either Israel or Jordan. This would then be passed to the General Assembly for further action.
It appears to be the view of the French, British and American delegations that if this last effort at mediation fails, the work of the Council will become largely academic. The onus of settlement will then fall on Israel and Jordan which would be asked to submit their own proposals to the Assembly.
The Palestine Conciliation Commission, which has resumed meeting here, may consider a plan to proceed from conciliation to mediation. Last night it heard a restatement of the familiar Arab demand for the repatriation of all refugees to Israel. Israel delegate Gideon Raphael is expected to arrive here today.