UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION
THE DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN ASSETS OF
THE PALESTINE ADMINISTRATION
(Working Paper Prepared by the Secretariat)
2. The important items amongst additional liabilities are the abolition benefits and the cost of Cyprus camps. It will be seen that disbursements are to be made against each of the items in two periods, the current period from 1 January 1948 to 31 March 1948, and from 1 April 1948 to 1, May 1948.
3. The Abolition Benefits are amounts to be paid to employees of the Administration on the abolition of their posts which will take place before the termination of the Mandate. It appears that the Mandatory Power intends to abolish all civil service posts and pay abolition allowances. This is a serious matter for the Commission since it means that not only will the personnel of the services be disbanded and require to be recruited again but they will have received a gratuitous payment, at the expense of Palestine revenues.
4. The Commission could deal with the matter by requesting the Mandatory Power to suspend all action on the abolition of posts held by Palestinians, and to enter into negotiation with the Commission regarding possible arrangements for personnel to continue in service. It is necessary to take immediate action since posts are already being abolished without the Commission having had an opportunity to safeguard its own position.
5. The cost of detention of illegal immigrants in Cyprus is also being charged against Palestine revenues, and on this matter but the Commission might also request the Mandatory Power to take no further action until the Commission has had an opportunity to put its own point of view.
6. In both cases the Commission should probably set a date in the very near future when it would be ready to negotiate on these matters,