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President of U.N. Trusteeship Body Predicts Jerusalem Issue Will Go to General Assembly

Roger Garreau, president of the U.N. Trusteeship Council, said today that he expects to receive this week a memorandum from the Israel Government presenting Israel’s view on the Council’s statute for internationalizing Jerusalem. He added that he understood that the memo, while rejecting the statute for Jerusalem adopted by the Trusteeship Council in Geneva, contains counterproposals “of a very conciliatory nature.”

Mr. Garreau also said that no similar response had been received from King Abdullah of Jordan and that he expected none, a fact which he considered “extremely discouraging and incorrect.” The Trusteeship Council at its last session in Geneva had requested observations on the statute from the two governments.

As a result of the rejection of the statute by Israel and Jordan, Mr. Garreau felt that the Council at its session commencing June 1 would be powerless to take any steps toward implementation of the instrument and would, therefore, probably pass the problem on to the U.N. General Assembly for consideration.