Communication Received from United Kingdom
Delegation Concerning Palestine Passports
My dear Bunche,
You will remember that Federspiel, on behalf of the Commission, recently put forward, orally certain proposals as regards the future position of holding of Palestine Passports. These proposals were
(b) that the Secretary-General in his circular should add that the holding and use of such Passports would not entitle the holder to any assistance abroad by His Majesty’s representatives.
3. I have now received the views of His Majesty’s Government on these proposals and the position is as follows:-
“Palestine Passports and travelling and identity documents issued in Jerusalem should, for the purposes of travel and identification, be treated as valid documents after the 15th May, 1948, until arrangements have been made by the competent authorities for the issue of new Passports.”
(ii) His Majesty’s Government do not consider that there should be any reference in this circular to Passports and travelling and identity documents which have already expired or will expire after the 15th May 1948. They would prefer to leave this problem to be solved as circumstances permit and on the merits of each case.
(iii) As regards the suggestion that the Secretary-General in his circular should include a statement that the holding and use of these Passports and documents would not entitle the holder to any assistance abroad by His Majesty’s representatives, His Majesty’s Government consider that this statement, if made at all, should be made by His Majesty’s Government. His Majesty’s Government consider, however, that it is quite clear and should be emphasized that the legal responsibility of His Majesty’s Government for Palestinians ended on 15th May 1948.