Unscop Delegates Confer with Irgun Leader in Secret Hide-out; Discuss Truce
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Unscop Delegates Confer with Irgun Leader in Secret Hide-out; Discuss Truce

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Dr. Jorge Garcia Granados of Guatemala and Prof. (##)que Rodriguez Fabregat of Uruguay, members of the United Nations committee, had (##)ersonal interview last night with Menahem Begin and other leaders of Irgun Zvai (##)They discussed the aims and hopes of the Irgun with regard to the UNSCOP in(##)ry and Begin promised that his organization would refrain from breaking the truce (##)Britain also refrained. Concerning the statement of the Mayor of Nathanya that Irgunists might free their two hostages if the British High Command gave a ray of (##) for the three condemned Irgunists, Begin asserted that the Mayor could not speak Irgunists or prophesy what they could do.

The two Latin American UNSCOP members gained the impression that Begin feels situation is currently deadlocked with the government holding the condemned men the Irgun the two kidnapped hostages, and that he was waiting to see what the (##)ernment will do when a ship carrying 4,000 refugees arrives here. He apparently (##)ards this as one of a number of test cases. (A dispatch from Paris last week said (##)t the 4,500-ton President Garfield had sailed from the port of Cette, near Mar(##)lle, bearing 4,000 Jewish refugees ostensibly bound for Colombia.)


The delegates spoke in English, and were given refreshments during the inter{SPAN}(##){/SPAN}w, which was planned in great secrecy and followed by 48 hours a talk by Judge {SPAN}(##){/SPAN} Sandstroem, UNSCOP chairman, and two of his aides with leaders of the Haganah. {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}rtly before the dinner hour last night, Dr. Granados and Prof. Fabregat left Kadi-{SPAN}(##){/SPAN} House in a United Nations car. They drove to an appointed spot where they parked {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}ir auto and entered a private car which awaited them. This took them to a third {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}ce, where another car carried them a great distance. Then they transferred to a {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}rth machine, after a short walk with escorts, and drove to a building where they {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}e received by Begin and his staff. No indication was given of the city where the {SPAN}(##){/SPAN}terview occurred. While the entire episode was surrounded with mystery-tale as{SPAN}(##){/SPAN}ts, the two delegates were at no time blindfolded.

In the interview the entire Palestine problem was explored, the Irgun proposals (##)re heard and many questions were asked. It is felt that the delegates’ attitude garding such an interview was that the dissidents are part of the Palestine problem, and committee members are obliged to investigate, listen and learn first-handat all groups and factions have to say without necessarily endorsing their acts policies.

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