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A/AC.25/Com.Gen/SR.37
25 August 1949

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UNITED NATIONS CONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE

GENERAL COMMITTEE

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING
held in Lausanne on Thursday,
25 August 1949, at 10:15 a.m.





Present:
Mr. Yenisey

(Turkey)

- Chairman
Mr. de la Tour du Pin(France)
Mr. Rockwell(U.S.A.)
Dr. Azcárate- Principal Secretary

Discussion of draft terms of reference for proposed mixed working group on orange groves

The PRINCIPAL SECRETARY explained that in a private conversation with members of the Israeli delegation the preceding day, he had broached the subject of the mixed working group on orange groves, and had remarked that the General Committee wished to discuss draft terms of reference with the Israeli delegation. The Israeli attitude had been negative; some doubt had been expressed as to the exact relation between such a group and the Economic Survey Mission, as well as concerning the possibility that Israel could accept the formation of such a committee. In any case, the Israeli representatives had not felt that they could take a position on the matter at the present time, and Mr. Sasson had requested an adjournment of the discussion until Monday, at which time Mr. Shiloah would have returned from his consultations in Tel Aviv and would be able to report his Government’s views on the question.

The CHAIRMAN, in his conversations with the members of the delegation of Israel, had received the impression that that delegation would not favour the creation of such a working group, since it maintained that Israeli authorities were already doing all that could be done to preserve the groves. Nevertheless, even though Mr. Shiloah might well return with a negative reply from his Government, the Chairman felt that the General Committee should proceed to adopt the terms of reference and submit them formally to the Israeli delegation at a meeting the following week.

Mr. de LA TOUR DU PIN could not agree that there was any conflict or overlapping between the functions of the mixed working group and those of the Economic Survey Mission, since the competence of the proposed working group was restricted to the planning of measures of conservation and the evaluation of damage. As regards the drafting of the document, he agreed in principle with the Secretariat’s desire to restate in a preamble the general principles and broad concepts involved, but he felt that in the present case a briefer and more restricted presentation would be more valuable.

After considerable discussion, the Committee adopted the following terms of reference for the proposed working group:

While concurring in the adoption of the text, Mr. de LA TOUR DU PIN drew the attention of the members of the Committee to the fact that the phrase “communicated to the Government of Israel”, in sub-paragraph (2) of the mandate, was a fairly categorical statement which might be taken by the Israeli delegation as an indication that the Commission intended to impose administrative measures upon its Government.


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Termes de référence du groupe de travail mixte sur les orangeraies arabes - Comité général de la CCNUP 37e séance à Lausanne - Compte rendu analytique Français