Trusteeship Council Returns Jerusalem Issue to General Assembly for Reconsideration

The U.N. Trusteeship Council today adopted a report on its activities in connection with the Jerusalem issue and voted to transmit the report along with the new Israel proposal on Jerusalem to the General Assembly. The question of internationalization of Jerusalem is thus returned to the General Assembly for reconsideration.

The Council’s report to the Assembly consists of a bare factual summary of the Jerusalem deliberations carried on at its three sessions since last December and a notes the defeat of its main purpose: to carry out the Assembly’s mandate of putting into effect an international statute for the Holy City.

In the report the defeat is attributed to the fact that the two occupying powers in Jerusalem refused to accept the statute drawn up by the Council, but the report notes that Israel presented counter-proposals which the Council considered it was not competent to discuss. After the vote Council president Henriques-Urena of the Dominican Republic described the Council’s decision to refer the whole Jerusalem issue to the Assembly as “logical and wise.”

Egypt and Syria, as observers at the Council table, associated themselves with a statement by the Iraqi delegate that he did not consider that the Council had in fact explored all avenues toward implementation of the statute and that he still believed that the Assembly’s mandate should be carried out by the Council.

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