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A/AC.25/PRESS/1
27 April 1949



UNITED NATIONS CONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE

COMMUNIQUE




Preliminary exchanges of views between the Conciliation Commission and the Delegations of Israel, Egypt and Lebanon began on 27 April at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Lausanne.

These conversations, which are a continuation of those held from 21 March to 5 April in Beyrouth and on 7 April in Te1 Aviv, will be pursued on 28 April with the Delegation of Syria.

As agreed during the Beyrouth meetings with the Arab delegations and at Tel Aviv with Mr. Ben Gourion, these exchanges of views will cover all questions outstanding between the Arab States and the. State of Israel, with a view to establishing peace in Palestine.

The United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine established by the General Assembly, in a Resolution adopted on 11 December 1948 (186th Plenary Meeting) is composed of representatives of three Governments: United States of America (Mr. Mark Ethridge), France (Mr. C. de Boisanger) Turkey (Mr. H.C. Yalcin).

In accordance with the General Assembly’s Resolution, the Conciliation Commission established its official headquarters in Jerusalem on 24 January 1949.

In order to accomplish its general mission of conciliation the Commission began its activities by making contact with the Governments concerned. To this end, it undertook an official tour of visits to the Governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Israel, from 12 to 25 February.

By means of those first contacts, the Commission wished to ascertain the manner in which the interested parties contemplated the establishment of relations and the opening of negotiations directed toward a final adjustment of the questions still at issue between them.


COMMUNIQUE APRIL 1949

The Committee on Jerusalem, constituted by the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, held a meeting this morning, Saturday, 30 April 1949, in Hotel Beau-Rivage at Lausanne.

The three Member-States of the Conciliation Commission: The United States of America, France and Turkey, are represented on the Committee on Jerusalem.

In the course of this first meeting which is a continuation of the work undertaken at the Headquarters of the Conciliation Commission in Jerusalem, the Committee on Jerusalem has decided that in the course of the following week it will hear the points of view of the Arab and Israeli delegations on the question of the Status of the Jerusalem area; one of the questions with which the Conciliation Commission has to deal in accordance with the General Assembly Resolution of 11 December 1948.


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