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A/AC.21/UK/5
3 February 1948




UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

Alternative Draft of Letter to be Sent to Sir Alexander Cadogan


Sir,

I have the honour to inform you that I have been directed by the United Nations Palestine Commission to communicate to you its views regarding the answer given by you on behalf of your Government at the twenty-seventh meeting of the Commission on 30 January 1948, to one of the questions which the Commission had presented to you on 19 January.

You will recall that the second of the questions relating to the Commission's discharge of its administrative responsibilities was as follows:

Your formal reply to this question stated that: I am to inform you that it is the considered view of the Commission that the proposal of your Government that the Commission should not proceed to Palestine earlier than two weeks before the date on which the Mandate is to be terminated is entirely unacceptable.
The Commission is convinced that this limitation on its arrival in Palestine would make it impossible for the Commission to discharge the responsibilities entrusted to it by the resolution of the General Assembly. The Commission has been informed that the Mandatory Power proposes to relinquish its responsibility for the Government of Palestine as a whole and not piecemeal. In consequence, the Commission, in two short weeks in Palestine, would he required to prepare itself to assume responsibility, under most difficult circumstances, for the full burden of a complex administrative structure and for maintaining law and order in the country.

The Commission has decided, therefore, to ask you to be so kind as to convey to your Government this request for reconsideration of its policy in this matter.


I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
His Excellency
The Right Honourable Sir Alexander Cadogan, G.C.M.G., K.C.B.,
United Kingdom Representative to the United Nations,
Permanent United Kingdom Delegation to the United Nations, 61st Floor
350 Fifth Avenue,
New York 1, N.Y.

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