UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION
Third Draft of First Special Report to the Security
Council Resistance by Force to the Resolution,
and the Problem of Security in Palestine.
(As Proposed by Mr. Medina)
In its First Monthly Progress Report to the Security Council (Section 13) the Commission had informed the Security Council that “it was devoting most serious attention to the various aspects of the security problem, with particular reference to the possible need for an international force” and that this problem would be the subject of a subsequent special report.
The Commission has appraised the security situation in Palestine on the basis of a considerable volume of information, official and unofficial, available to it from a diversity of sources. These sources have included official reports and appraisals from the Mandatory Power; reports and comments from the Jewish Agency for Palestine; statements by the Arab Higher Committee; and dispatches from the Press of the world. On the basis of these reports, the Commission has decided to submit to the Security Council the following two [considerations] [conclusions] for such action as it may deem appropriate:
2. There is urgent need for assistance from the Security Counci1in the form of an adequate armed force if the Commission is to be enabled to implement the resolution and maintain law and order in Palestine when authority is transferred to it, and in this connection sub-paragraph (a) of the resolution’s Preamble also requests that the Security Council “take the necessary measures as provided for in the Plan for its implementation;”
It is a source of regret to the Commission that the circumstances are not such as to make it possible for the will of the General Assembly, expressed in the resolution, to be carried out by this Commission, as the agent of the General Assembly, without the necessity of thus calling upon the Security Council for assistance.
Although the security aspects of the problem are referred to the Security Council by this report, the Commission intends to continue with such of the vast amount of preparatory work essential to the implementation of the recommendations as can be undertaken without the assistance from the Security Council sought herein.
The paragraphs set forth under Section II, III, and IV of this report relate particularly to the deduction that organized effort is afoot to alter the resolution, and to the general security situation. Sections V, VI and VII have a bearing upon the need for assistance from the Security Council.
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