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A/AC.21/R/11/Add.1
8 April 1948



UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

Draft outline of Special Report to the

Second Special Session of the General Assembly

(Addendum)

(TO BE INSERTED AT BOTTOM OF PAGE 16 OF R/11)

3. Administrative Problems

a) Provisional Councils of Government.

In pursuance of its decision, the Commission is continuing its preparatory work leading to the selection and establishment of the Provisional Council of Government for the Jewish State.

b) Armed Militias

The Mandatory Power advised the Commission that “generally speaking, none of these activities can be permitted in Palestine prior to the termination of the Mandate, although it is possible that some preliminary steps might be taken during, the last fortnight of the Mandatory period”. The Mandatory Power also gave a negative reply to the Commission’s inquiry as to whether it would be permitted to build up a store of arms and equipment under [MISSED WORD] in Palestine, prior to the termination of the Mandate, and stated that it had “no suggestions to make as to how security could best be maintained in the period between the termination of the Mandate and the formation of the militia”. The Commission advised the Mandatory Power that it regarded the position as [un MISSED WORDS] in the light of the clear intent of the Assembly’s resolution, and that it would communicate it conclusions to the Security Council. c) The Palestine Police Force d) Administrative Personnel of the Palestine Government e) Postal Administration f) Medical Services g) Public information Services. h) Immigration i) Prisoners and Detainees j) Municipalities and Local Councils. k) Requisitioned Property

The Mandatory Power has stated that during the past few years the Government of Palestine had found it necessary to requisition a considerable amount of property and, in a large number of cases, had also rented property under lease. The Government of Palestine had certain liabilities as regards the depression of this property, and although no firm estimate of the amount involved was at present known, a figure of between a quarter and a half a million people had been mentioned. It was the intention of the Government of Palestine to try to obtain an agreed list of depreciation with the landlords before the termination of the Mandate, but even if this object were achieved, the Commission would be faced with the problem of paying appropriate compensation. It was pointed out that with the exception of the residence of the High Commissioner, the Government of Palestine had no property of its own either for offices or for housing accommodations.

l) Enemy Property in Palestine

m) Palestine Museum in Jerusalem
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