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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
S/961
12 August 1948

CABLEGRAM* DATED 12 AUGUST 1948 FROM THE UNITED NATIONS MEDIATOR
TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL CONCERNING THE OBSERVANCE OF THE
TRUCE IN JERUSALEM

For President of Security Council:

In my telegram M221 (document S/955), I express anxiety about non-observance of the
“unconditional” cease-fire in Jerusalem. The arrival of additional contingents of observers now permits me to take more effective supervisory measures. I visited Jerusalem from 9 to 11 August. After conferring with the Truce Commission and United Nations observers on the spot, I delivered 10 August to Commander-in-Chief Arab forces in Jerusalem and to the Military Governor of the Jewish part of Jerusalem identical notes reading as follows:

On 11 August after a night on which firing has been particularly heavy, I forwarded to the same Arab and Jewish military authorities a note reading as follows:

I attach the greatest importance to the request contained in this note, which has now been accepted by the Arabs. The Jewish reply is expected tomorrow. Should the request not be complied with by one party after it has been accepted, responsibilities will be easier to assess. It results from impartial reports that the Jews have generally speaking though not on all occasions been the more aggressive party since the renewal of the truce. Reports received from United Nations observers concerning last night's firing support this appreciation, since firing began from the Jewish side.

In the question of the supply of water for Jerusalem I have decided that repair work should start immediately in the presence of United Nations observers at the pumping station of Latrun, which is now in United Nations hands. Such repair is expected to take two daysDatabase 'UNISPAL', View 'Pipeline', Document 'Jerusalem/Observance of the truce - Cablegram from the Mediator'; and after I visited it this morning, I made the following decisions which I strongly expect will be accepted by the Provisional Government of Israel, to which it has been communicated:

I have as yet nothing further to report on demilitarization of Jerusalem except the fact that the Arabs have submitted suggestions accepting demilitarization in principle. No suggestions have as yet been received from the Jews, but negotiations will continue.

I must inform the Security Council that I am leaving on 12 August for Stockholm for one or two weeks to attend the International Red Cross Conference. A few officials of the United Nations Secretariat will remain at Rhodes in contact with both me and with my headquarters for the supervision of the truce at Haifa. I shall be daily informed of developments and I am ready at any time, if necessary, to fly back to the Near East.


Count Folke Bernadotte
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*Note: This cablegram was received in a garbled form. Corrections have been requested which will be issued in a corrigendum.


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