May I refer you to paragraph 4 of my letter of 12th March, regarding the texts of announcements made by the Government of Palestine on behalf of the Commission in respect of the continued employment of Palestinian personnel under the Commission.
I have now received from Jerusalem a copy (enclosed) of General Circular No..7 which as you will see was issued on 18th February.
I have also received a draft of a further General Circular (enclosed) under cover of a communication dated 2nd March, in which I was informed that the second circular was due to be issued shortly.
GENERAL CIRCULAR No. 7.
I am directed to inform you that the United Nations Palestine Commission have requested that the following statement of their policy regarding the continuance in service of Palestinian officials of this Administration should be brought to the notice of all officers concerned. They have also asked that an indication should be obtained from such employees of their intention with respect to continuing employment after the British withdrawal. The statement reads:-
“In view of changes in the Palestine Administration consequent upon the termination of the Mandate and implementation of the resolution of the General Assembly of United Nations, the United Nations Palestine Commission states for information of all interested parties that it will be its policy to ensure the maintenance of existing conditions of employment for all employees of Palestine Administration who continue in the service after the termination of the Mandate.”
2. Declarations of officers’ wishes regarding continuing employment with the Successor States, the City of Jerusalem or the Joint Economic Board should in due course be notified to the United Nations Palestine Commission through Heads of Departments. The address of the Commission will be notified later.
3. It is to be clearly understood that the contents of this circular are communicated to you at the express desire of the United Nations’ Palestine Commission, and you are requested to bring it to the notice of all members of your department.
4. An announcement regarding benefits payable to officers on the termination of employment will be issued very shortly.
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