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U N I T E D N A T I O N S

General Assembly
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A/AC.21/SR.37
18 February 1948

ENGLISH ONLY


UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING

Lake Success, New York

Thursday, 12 February 1948, at 2.00 p.m.




Present:
Chairman:Mr. LISICKY(Czechoslovakia)
Members:Mr. Medina(Bolivia)
Mr. Federspiel(Denmark)
Mr. Morgan(Panama)
Mr. Francisco(Philippines)
Secretariat:Mr. Sobolev(Assistant Secretary-General)
Mr. Bunche(Secretary)

CONTINUATION OF THE CONSIDERATION OF THE DRAFT OF THE SPECIAL REPORT TO THE SECURITY` COUNCIL

Section I

The CHAIRMAN asked members to submit any proposed amendments to the introduction to the special report.

During a lengthy exchange of views, the following points of view were expressed:

It was unanimously agreed that an international force was necessary for the fulfilment of the Commission’s task; the difference of opinion was merely as to the method of approach to the Security Council.

The opinion was again expressed that the Commission should confine itself to facts. The Security Council was sovereign in the interpretation of its powers and it was not for any other body - still less for a body subject to the guidance of the Security Council - to express an opinion on the subject. It was pointed out that an attempt to do so might draw a rebuke from the Security Council which would be a severe blow to the Commission’s prestige and authority.

Several amendments to the Secretariat draft were presented for consideration. The proposed re-drafts, were as follows:

After an exchange of views on those several proposed formulations, the Commission agreed, by a majority, to delete the mention of sub-paragraphs (a) and (c) of the Preamble to the resolution.

Mr. FRANCISCO (Philippines) then proposed the following amendment to sub-paragraph 1 of the introduction:

In view of the Commission’s decision that there should be no reference to sub-paragraphs (a) and (c) of the Preamble to the resolution, Mr. Francisco (Philippines) agreed to the deletion of the phrase “under Sections 39 and 42 of the Charter”.

The CHAIRMAN suggested a compromise amendment in the following terms:

“The Commission will be unable to establish security and maintain law and order, without which it cannot implement the resolution of the General Assembly, unless military focus in adequate strength are made available to the Commission when the responsibility for the administration of Palestine is transferred to it.”

A further discussion took place during which it was suggested that three points might be mentioned instead of two, i.e.:

The following next text of sub-paragraph 1 was approved: The following new text of sub-paragraph 2 was approved: It was agreed to chance the title from “Introduction” to “Main Considerations”.

It was agreed that the final drafting should be left to the following day.

COMMUNICATION TO THE COMMISSION

The SECRETARY submitted a communication he had received from Mr. Fletcher-Cooke transmitting replies from Sir Henry Gurney concerning the advance party and the Aqir airfield.

The meeting rose at 6.20 p.m.




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