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Arab League Seeks Trusteeship over Palestine Area Annexed by Jordan; Warns Abdullah

The Arab League’s political committee, meeting in Alexandria, decided that Transjordan must either accept the principle of trusteeship in her newly-incorporated Palestine territory, or get out of the League, it was reported today by Reuters from Egypt.

The report said that the League’s political committee is trying to work out a formula acceptable to Transjordan, Egypt and the five other Arab countries represented in the League. Egypt is insistent that Transjordan must regard the annexed territory of eastern Palestine as “trust property” in the joint name of all Arab countries.

Transjordan may be given time until October to make its final decision, since the recommendations of the League’s political committee have to be accepted by the General Assembly of the League which is scheduled to hold its semi-annual meeting in October, Reuters said.

A statement of the Arab League on the British-French-American joint declaration with regard to selling arms to Arab countries and to Israel will be issued by the end of this week, it was indicted by Azzam Pasha, general secretary of the League, Reuters reported. Earlier today the Iraqi Premier declared: “We attach no great importance to the Big Three declaration on the Middle East arms policy, and we will never subscribe to it.”

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