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A/AC.25/W/2
12 March 1949

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UNITED NATIONS CONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE

OBSERVATIONS REGARDING THE MEETINGS
BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS CONCILIATION
COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE AND THE ARAB COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE AND THE ARAB GOVERNMENTS,
TO BE HELD IN BEIRUT ON
21 March 1949




I. OBJECTIVE OF THE MEETINGS

A. To obtain the agreement of the greatest possible number of Arab States, either jointly or individually, to enter into political negotiations without waiting for a solution of the refugee problem.

(During its visits to the various Arab Governments, the Commission received the impression that the Arab Governments would wish the refugee question to be settled, at least in principle, before they entered into political negotiations with a view to peace. The Commission, however, did not feel that the Arab States intended to make the prior solution of the refugee problem a condition sine qua non for the opening of political negotiations, but that they would consent to enter into political negotiations provided that the refugee question figured as the first point on the agenda of these negotiations. The Commission might undertake to obtain an explicit confirmation that this impression is correct. It might wish to ask for an assurance that the Arab States would agree to enter into political negotiations on the subject of Palestine, it being understood that the first point on the agenda of such negotiations would be the refugee question. This, however, would not exclude the possibility, if it were considered advantageous for the success of the negotiations, of passing to the examination of other points of the agenda before the first one was finally settled.)

B. To obtain the agreement of the greatest possible number of Arab States, either jointly or individually, to accept the implication contained in paragraph 11 of the General Assembly's resolution that those refugees not wishing to return to their homes will have to be resettled and rehabilitated in Arab Palestine or in certain Arab States.

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