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UNITED
NATIONS
S

      Security Council
Distr.
UNRESTRICTED
S/769
22 May 1948

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

CABLEGRAM DATED 18 MAY 1948 FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL ADDRESSED TO THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF IRAQ, AND REPLY THERETO SUBMITTED BY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF IRAQ AT THE 301ST METING OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL

THE SECURITY COUNCIL AT ITS 295TH MEETING HELD ON 18 MAY DECIDED TO ADDRESS TO YOUR GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING QUESTIONS QUOTE

(a) ARE ARMED ELEMENTS OF YOUR ARMED FORCES OR IRREGULAR FORCES SPONSORED BY YOUR GOVERNMENT NOW OPERATING (1) IN PALESTINE; (2) IN AREAS (TOWNS, CITIES, DISTRICTS) OF PALESTINE WHERE THE JEWS ARE IN THE MAJORITY?

(b) IF SO, WHERE ARE SUCH FORCES NOW LOCATED AND UNDER WHAT COMMAND ARE THEY OPERATING, AND WHAT ARE THEIR MILITARY OBJECTIVES?

(c) ON WHAT BASIS IS IT CLAIMED THAT SUCH FORCES ARE ENTITLED TO ENTER (1) PALESTINE; (2) AREAS (TOWNS, CITIES, DISTRICTS) OF PALESTINE WHERE THE JEWS ARE IN THE MAJORITY, AND CONDUCT OPERATIONS THERE?

(d) WHO IS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXERCISE OF POLITICAL FUNCTIONS IN THE AREAS OF PALESTINE WHERE THE ARABS ARE IN THE MAJORITY?

(e) IS SUCH AUTHORITY NOW NEGOTIATING WITH JEWISH AUTHORITIES ON A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT IN PALESTINE?

(f) HAVE THE JEWISH FORCES VIOLATED YOUR FRONTIERS AND PENETRATED YOUR TERRITORY?

May 22nd 1948

1. In Palestine

2. In areas (towns, cities, districts) of Palestine where the Jews are in the majority?


1. Yes.

2. It is misleading to identify Palestine in terms of unit like towns, cities, districts, etc., where the identification of the majority and the minority could be used as an erroneous pretext for an argument. Our contention is that Palestine should be looked upon as one country where the Arabs are the majority. Elements of our armed forces entered Palestine without discrimination either to the character of areas or to the creed of the inhabitants.


1. Palestine

2. Areas (Towns, cities, districts) of Palestine where Jews are in the majority, and conduct operations there?



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