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Security Council Adopts Compromise Agenda on Palestine Issue

October 21, 1953
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The United Nations Security Council adopted today, without objection, a compromise formula on the agenda item on Palestine proposed by the representative of Greece and supported by the delegates of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union.

Dr. Charles Malik, of Lebanon, said the Greek text was a “distinct improvement” over the text of the agenda presented yesterday, and announ ced he was withdrawing his own amendment since the new text referred to the Qibya incident and made no mention of “neighboring Arab states.” The text of the agenda reads: “The Palestine Question: Compliance with and enforcement of the General Armistice Agreements, with special reference to recent acts of violence and in particular to the incident at Qibya on October 14/15th; Report by the Chief of Staff of the Truce Supervision Organization.”

Israel was not consulted on the formulation of this text which came as a result of behind the scenes negotiations between the president of the U.N. Security Council and the delegates of the Western Big Powers and of Lebanon. The Council authorized its president to call a session on the Palestine issue after the arrival here of Gen. Vagn Bennike, chief of the U.N. truce supervision unit in Palestine, who is to report on the increased Arab-Israel tension.

In brief statements Sir Gladwynn Jebb of the United Kingdom, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., of the United States and Henri Hoppenot of France expressed their governments’ deep concern over the recent events and stressed the necessity for the Council to establish the facts by way of a report, in person, by Bennike.

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