38 Australian Delegation, United Nations, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram UN402, NEW YORK, 6 May 1948, 9.19 p.m.

IMMEDIATE SECRET

Palestine.

1. My UN.401. The following is the resolution adopted by the plenary session today. The General Assembly - Having asked the Trusteeship Council to study with the mandatory power and the interested parties suitable measures for the protection of the City of Jerusalem and its inhabitants and to submit within the shortest possible time proposals to the General Assembly to that effect.

Takes note of and approves the conclusions and recommendations of the Trusteeship Council as set forth in its report to the General Assembly on the protection of the City of Jerusalem and its inhabitants.

Recommends that the mandatory power appoint under Palestine legislation before 15th May, 1948, a neutral acceptable to both Arabs and Jews as special Municipal Commissioner who shall with the co-operation of the community committees already existing in Jerusalem carry out the functions hitherto performed by the municipal commission.

Decides that continuing urgent attention should be given by the First Committee or its subsidiary body[1] to the question of further measures for the protection of the City of Jerusalem and its inhabitants.

[1] First Committee established two sub-committees to consider the matters, one on interim arrangement for Palestine and the other on Jerusalem.

[AA : A1838, 852/19/2, I]