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Inquiry Committee Meets to Map Answers to Twenty-five Questions Posed by Lie

May 28, 1947
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Six of the eleven members of the United Nations inquiry committee on Palestine met as a sub-committee today behind closed doors make recommendations on twenty-five questions placed before them by U.N. Secretary-?eral Trygve Lie.

No decisions will be taken by the committee except at public meetings. The ?t public session will probably be held on Thursday afternoon by which time the ?er members of the committee are expected to be here. Among the subjects discussed ?ay was the petition of the Jewish Agency for liaison status and for participation the drafting of the rules of procedure.

On the basis of today’s session, it seems unlikely that the commission will complish anything in its first week of meetings. The delegates, who were joined is morning by Karel Lisicky of Czechoslovakia, appear to be marking time pending ? arrival of their five co-members. No votes were taken and no decisions reached. ##e committee will meet again tomorrow, but if the full membership is still not present, little action is expected. With Memorial Day and the week-end intervening, Thursday’s is likely to be the only full dress session.


Dr. Jozhe Brilej, the Yugoslav member, indicated that he will insist that ?e inquiry committee visit the camps for displaced Jews in Europe. “The Yugoslav government,” he said, “has no intention of prejudging the question of Jewish immigration to Palestine, but is merely in search of facts. It is without question that {SPAN}##y{/SPAN} serious search for facts must include both the DP camps and Palestine together. ? two problems are really one and must be examined together.”

It has become clear that the committee will have no time to hold hearings ? New York before its departure for Palestine early in June. The Jewish and her organizations which have asked to appear will probably have to submit their ?ews in written form.

The eleven members of the committee are: Australia, John D.L. Hood, counseler in the Department of External Affairs; Canada, I.C. Pand, Supreme Court Justice; zechoslovakia, Karel Lisicky, Minister Plenipotentiary; Guatemala, Dr. Jorge Garcia, Embassador to the United States; India, Sir Abdur Rehman, Justice of Lahore High court; Iran, Nasrollah Entezam, permanent delegate to the U.N.; Netherlands, Dr. N.S. ?lom, special advisor to the Foreign Ministry; Peru, Senator Alberto Ulloe; Sweden, Chief Justice Emil Sandstroem; Uruguay, Prof. Enrique R. Fabregat, permanent delegate to the U.N.; and Yugoslavia, Dr. Jozhe Brilej, director of the Political Department of the Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, it was learned that Mr. Lie has barred from the secretariat which ?ill accompany the commission a Canadian Jew and an Egyptian Moslem, presumably on ? basis that because of their religion they might be biased. However, none of the British members of the secretariat have been excluded.

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