In view of the short period of time remaining until the Special Session of the General Assembly convenes, and in the light of your telephone conversations with me concerning the views of the Mandatory Power on the subject, the Commission has decided for the time being to defer action on the proposal that it proceed to London for the purpose of carrying on negotiations with His Majesty’s Government there.
Irrespective of the ultimate decision of the United Nations on the future government of Palestine, there are a number of matters of considerable urgency, which should be disposed of in order to preserve the greatest possible measure of order and essential services in Palestine. The uncertainty of the situation created by the convocation of the General Assembly at this advanced stage before 15 May increases the urgency of the need for arrangements to be made to prevent a complete by breakdown of administration in Palestine.
Among the matters requiring immediate attention are the following:
2. Details of the transfer of the arms, stores, equipment, depots, etc. of the Palestine Police Force.
3. Matters relating to the security of Jerusalem and the Holy Places, and the recruitment of a non-Palestinian police force for Jerusalem.
4. The preservation of the physical property and assets of the Government of Palestine.
2. Arrangements to ensure some measure of continuity in the health and prison administration, and in the judiciary.
3. Preservation and transfer of the files of the various departments of Government.
4. Access to Haifa after 15 May 1948.
2. Representation of Palestine before the IFEC.
3. The release after 15 May 1948 of sterling balances blocked by the Treasury Order of 22 February 1948.
4. The failure of the Palestine Currency Board.
5. Maintenance of import and exchange controls.
6. The continuity of essential fiscal arrangements, including customs and budgetary matters.
7. Matters relating to the assets and liabilities of Palestine.
8. Payments for services which will be provided to British Forces after 15 May in such matters as railway, road and harbor facilities.