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U.N. Implementation Commission Holds First Session; Will Discuss Security

January 9, 1948
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The problem of Palestine security will be tomorrow by U.N. Secretary General Trygye Lie to the opening session of the five nation Implementation Commission which will meet here to map out a program for carrying out the partition decision of the General Assembly.

At a press conference today, Mr. Lie denied press reports that he has been inquiring among the governments of small nations if they would be willing to send troops to Palestine if Arab-Jewish violence increases. However, he indicated that he considers the Palestine security problem urgent, and said he will touch upon it in this opening address to the Implementation Commission.

(The N.Y. Times today reported from Lake Success that Lie had sounded out a number of smaller countries over the last ten days on the question of their willing-ness to send troops to Palestine. The report said that “it was understood that Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark figured on the list of European countries that he believed might send troops if the necessity arose.” Mexico and Brazil head the list of Latin American, countries, the story stated, adding that “none of the delegations consulted has yet given Mr. Lie a definite answer.”)

Should the Implementation Commission find it necessary to ask that an international security force be sent to Palestine, it will have to call on the Security Council, Mr. Lie explained. The Security Council is the only U.K. body authorized to deal with such matters, he pointed out.


It is understood that Mr. Lie, in his address to the Implementation Commission, will warn the members of the difficulties they will face in their tack of setting up separate Jewish and Arab states by Oct. 1. At the same time, he will emphasize the necessity for action to overcome violence and Arab opposition to the realization of the U.N. partition decision.

At his press conference today, Mr. Lie revealed that he has discussed the Palestine security problem with members of his staff, since the safety of the members and staff of the Commission when they arrive in Palestine is causing some anxiety. He announced that either he or one of his top ranking assistants would go to Palestine with the Commission in order to assure effective liaison with the United Nations on the highest level.

All five members of the Commission representing Czechoslovakia, Bolivia, Denmark and the Philippine, were due to arrive in New York today in time to attend tomorrow morning’s. The chairman of the Commission will be either Karel Lisicky of Czechoslovakia or Par Federspiel of Denmark, to was predicted today.

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Moshe Shertok, ### of political department of the Jewish Agency, who is ## here from Palestine, will maintain contact with the members of the Commission. ## Arabs have declared their intention of boycotting the body.


In his address to the Commission, the U.S. Secretary General is expected to ?press upon the members of the five-nation group the necessity of starting their {SPAN}##rk{/SPAN} immediately, with fixed determination to carry out the partition plan under {SPAN}###{/SPAN} and all circumstances. The Commission, it is understood, will be told that its {SPAN}##ndate{/SPAN} authorizes it to take whatever measures may be necessary to implement the partition decision.

It was reliably indicated here today that the Secretary General will also ##ell the Commission that the Security Council will not fail to exercise, to the ##llest extent and without exception, every necessary power entrusted to it by the N. Charter, if this became necessary to assist the Commission in implementing the Assembly decision.

Mr. Lie will also emphasize the appeal made by the Assembly to all governments and to all peoples to refrain from taking any action which might hamper or delay the carrying out of the partition decision. The Commission will be told that this appeal represented the will of the vast majority of the members of the United Nations and will not go unheeded.

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