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A/AC.21/UK/108
19 April 1948





19 April 1948



UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION
Communication Received froze United Kingdom
Delegation Concerning Special Emergency
Police Force for Jerusalem




The following communication, concerning the recruitment of British personnel for a special emergency police force for Jerusalem, has been received from Mr. Fletcher-Cooke of the United Kingdom Delegation.







UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Empire State Building

New York 1, N. Y.

CONFIDENTIAL
17th April, 1948.

My dear Bunche,

May I refer you to my confidential letter of the 12th April about the Commission’s proposal to send an official to Palestine to proceed with the preliminary organisation and recruitment of British personnel for a Special Emergency Security Force for Jerusalem to be formed on a volunteer bases.

2. I have now received the following information from Jerusalem:-

3. The Government of Palestine points out that this disappointing result is due entirely to the delay in calling for volunteers from the Palestine Police Force, most of whom have naturally had to make other plane.

4. It will be appreciated that the Commission’s statement in February that they were prepared to offer employment to British Police was not a formal request for volunteers but merely a statement of policy. It is understood that members of the advance party have confirmed in another connection that the Commission’s statement regarding the employment of officers of the Government of Palestine was a statement of policy only and not a definite offer.


Yours sincerely,
(signed) J. FLETCHER-COOKE
(J. Fletcher-Cooke)

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche,
Principal Secretary to the United Nations
Commission on Palestine,
United Nations,
Lake Success

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