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S/1285
12 March 1949

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


CABLE DATED 11 MARCH 1949 FROM THE ACTING MEDIATOR FOR PALESTINE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL CONCERNING ALLEGED MILITARY OPERATIONS BY ISRAELI FORCES IN THE SOUTHERN NEGEV

I have the honor to inform the Security Council that in the past few days I have received several complaints from the Transjordan delegation at Rhodes alleging military operations by Israeli forces in the Southern Negev, particularly in the north of Aquaba. Specifically these complaints allege:
The Transjordan complaints have been transmitted by me immediately to Israeli authorities through the Israeli delegation at Rhodes. In formal notes Israeli authorities have informed me:
The Foreign Minister of Israel on 10 March has given me emphatic assurance that there have been no clashes between armed forces in this area. The head of the Israeli delegation at Rhodes has denied that Israeli forces have any intention of advancing on Aquaba.

The area involved is one in which there has been little or no fighting in the past. There are no fixed fighting lines and the military positions held by the two forces are not defined. Military movement in the past has
been confined entirely to smell scale patrol activity.

I have directed the United Nations observers to make a thorough and prompt investigation of all complaints, to verify military positions and their date of establishment and to apply fully the conditions of the truce. I have also addressed identical notes to the two Governments calling upon them scrupulously to observe the conditions of the truce as regards activities of their forces in this area and to permit no situation to develop which would in any way jeopardize the armistice negotiations now in progress between them.

I have at this time no reports from observers which verify that there has been any fighting in this area.

Ralph Bunche

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