BIG POWERS NOT EAGER TO START DISCUSSION IN “AN ATMOSPHERE OF HEAT”
During the first session today the British representative, John Coulson, said that the sponsoring powers did not want to begin the discussion in an “atmosphere of heat” and that he was disturbed over the misunderstandings which have already developed over the Palestine issue. The session was then adjourned at the request of American delegate Philip C. Jessup.
Later, an American spokesman commented that it was “rather remarkable to object to a resolution before the sponsors had had an opportunity to explain their attitude.” The U.S., he said, was concerned over the welfare of the 875,000 refugees.
Meanwhile, the concensus of opinion in U.N. circles is that the diplomatic battle over the Conciliation Commission’s future is far from over. The western Powers are expected to mobilize their forces to nullify the effect of yesterday’s vote in the Political Committee when the resolution comes before the full General Assembly, where it must obtain a two-thirds majority to be accepted. It is believed that the amendments tacked onto the four-power resolution yesterday which resulted in the sponsors disowning their proposal, will fail to achieve a two-thirds majority.