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S/1056
27 October 1948

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LETTER DATED 27 OCTOBER 1948 FROM THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PROVISIONAL
GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL TRANSMITTING A COMMUNICATION ADDRESSED TO THE ACTING MEDIATOR
CONCERNING CEASE-FIRE IN THE NEGEB


I have the honour to enclose for the information of the Security Council the copy of a letter which I have addressed on behalf of the Provisional Government of Israel to the Acting Mediator for Palestine.

I would appreciate it if this document could be circulated at the earliest possible moment to the members of the Council.
(Signed) Aubrey S. Eban
Representative of the
Provisional Government
of Israel at the United
Nations


The Communication to Dr. Ralph Bunche, Acting Mediator for Palestine

The Foreign Minister of Israel has cabled to me the text of a letter which he has received from Dr. Mohn, acting on your behalf. In this letter Dr. Mohn writes:

Dr. Mohn's letter goes on to request the withdrawal of both parties to the truce lines existing on 14 October.

2. The Provisional Government of Israel observes that Dr. Mohn's letter is inconsistent with the terms of the resolution adopted by the Security Council at its 367th meeting on Tuesday, 19 October. The resolution then adopted by the Council reads as follows:

3. Speaking on behalf of the Provisional Government of Israel at the 367th meeting of the Council, I suggested the following interpretation of that resolution:

The Security Council, through its President, fully and repeatedly upheld this interpretation.

4. This is also borne out by the following extract from the proceedings of the same meeting of the Security Council:

5. We notice that, instead of instituting negotiations on this matter in compliance with the Security Council's resolution, your representative has proposed a certain solution of this question before any such negotiations have taken place. Accordingly, it is clear that Dr. Mohn's reference to "conclusions to be implemented after the cease-fire" does not accurately represent, either in substance or in wording, the resolution adopted by the Security Council.

6. The Foreign Minister of Israel will reply formally to the suggestion contained in Dr. Mohn's letter. In the meantime, however, I am instructed to bring to your attention this misinterpretation of the Council's resolution.

I am addressing copies of this letter to the Secretary-General, and to the members of the Security Council.
(Signed) Aubrey S. Eban,
Representative of the
Provisional Government of
Israel at the United Nations

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