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A/AC.21/UK/139
10 May 1948



10 May 21948



UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

Communication Received from United Kingdom
Delegation Concerning Use of Red Ensign by
Palestinian Merchant Ships





The following communication, concerning merchant ships registered in Palestine and sailing under the red ensign, has been received from Mr. Fletcher-Cooke of the United Kingdom Delegation.




UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Empire State Building
New York 1, N.Y.
9th May, 1948

My dear Bunche,

I have been asked to bring to the attention of the Commission the question of the use of the Palestinian Flag by merchant ships.

2. Six ocean going ships registered in Palestine are at present sailing the seas wearing the red ensign defaced with a white ball in the flag bearing the word “Palestine”. The use of this flag was authorised by the British Admiralty.

3. On termination of the Mandate the wearing of this flag, which although defaced by the word “Palestine” is essentially a British flag, would appear to be inappropriate.

4. In these circumstances the British Admiralty have decided to revoke, with effect from 15th May, 1948 the warrant under which authority is given for the flying of this flag.

5. I am sending a copy of this letter to Mr. Finn Moe, Rapporteur of the First Committee of the First Committee of the General Assembly.


Yours sincerely,
(signed)
(J. Fletcher-Cooke)

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche,
Principal Secretary to the United Nations
Commission on Palestine,
United Nations, Lake Success
Long Island, New York.

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